DHARMSALA, India (AP) – The Dalai Lama threatened Tuesday to step down as leader of Tibet’s government-in-exile if violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland spirals out of control.
Demonstrations in Tibet turned increasingly violent last week, and the Dalai Lama, speaking to reporters, urged his countrymen to show restraint.
He said that “if things become out of control” his “only option is to completely resign.”
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Lhasa Faces a Deadline
|The Dalai Lama Responds
Holiness the Dalai Lama will not instruct his followers in Tibet to
stop the protests or to surrender to Chinese authorities.
|Behind the Turmoil in Tibet
may know the basic story — that Mao Zedong’s China invaded Tibet in
1950 and annexed it as part of China, and that the young Dalai Lama
fled Tibet in 1959 and has lived in exile since. After all this time,
why do the Tibetans continue to resist Chinese rule?