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China TV blames Dalai Lama for Tibet immolations

The Associated Press

At least 34 Buddhist monks, nuns and others in Tibet have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule.


Tibetan monks gather in protest after the latest self-immolation attempt in Tongren, a monastery town in western China.

China has released a documentary accusing the Dalai Lama of orchestrating a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans, its most elaborate attempt so far to shape international opinion about the protests against Chinese rule.

The documentary, shown globally by state broadcaster China Central Television, features police surveillance footage of the fiery protests. Mostly lone Tibetans are seen ablaze on small town roads before being blasted by security forces with fire extinguishers or covered with blankets.

Tibetans interviewed describe contacting monks living in exile and sending them photographs of would-be protesters — evidence, the documentary says, of collusion. A narrator quotes comments supposedly made by the Dalai Lama in support of the self-immolations together with footage of Tibetans being treated in hospitals for severe burns.

All told, the piece, titled “The Dalai Clique and Self-Immolation Violent Incidents,” marks the government’s most extensive effort to cast blame on the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader for protests that have touched Tibetans emotionally and presented an image problem for Beijing.

At least 34 Buddhist monks, nuns and Tibetan lay people have set themselves on fire in the past 14 months in what Tibetans see as an act of sacrifice to highlight China’s repressive policies on religion and culture.

A spokesman for the self-proclaimed Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharmsala, India, said he had not seen the documentary but denied that the Dalai Lama or exiled Tibetans have been instigating the protests. Instead, he said, Beijing’s policies are causing the protests.

“When the government stops this oppression inside Tibet, the self-immolations will stop. That’s what we hope and believe will happen. But it’s in their hands,” said the spokesman, Tashi, who like many Tibetans uses one name.

“They want to kind of foist their message, a one-sided message, on the rest of the world,” said David Bandurski, a researcher with Hong Kong-based China Media Project.

“If they want to be part of the conversation internationally and influence public opinion, they have to see themselves as part of a kind of dialogue, but they’re not really interested in that kind of dialogue,” he said.

Tsering Woeser, a Tibetan poet and activist, said she found the documentary a disappointing elaboration on the hardline position the government has taken since it poured heavy security into Tibetan areas after a mass uprising against Chinese rule in 2008.

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6 Responses to China TV blames Dalai Lama for Tibet immolations

  1. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    “The documentary, shown globally by state broadcaster China Central Television, features police surveillance footage of the fiery protests. Mostly lone Tibetans are seen ablaze on small town roads before being blasted by security forces with fire extinguishers or covered with blankets.”

    Isn’t stupid of the Chinese government to publicize it in China?

  2. Kashif Ahmed May 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Good report.

    Tibet is, and always has been, part of China. The seperatists were created & armed by extremist Jews representing Rothschild then put to use by their subordiantes (e.g. CIA, RAW) against China.

    “‘We only lived to kill Chinese’ recalled one Tibetan veteran. One of the trainees, Gyato Wangdu (who would later become the last commander of the Chushi Gandrug), asked CIA operations officer Roger McCarthy for ‘a portable nuclear weapon of some kind that the trainees might employ to destroy Chinese by the hundreds.’ The CIA declined, but McCarthy noted that Wangdu ‘did take to demolition training with renewed enthusiasm’ and became quite taken with bazookas and mortars.”

    Joe Bageant, ‘CIA’s Secret War in Tibet’, ‘Military History’ Magazine, February 2004

    • who_me May 22, 2012 at 3:33 am #

      “Good report.”


      it says the opposite of what you posted after this and was standard ziofascist/fascist propaganda.

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    “While Beijing has poured investment into the region to raise standards of living and win over Tibetans, it has often appeared to be losing a global public relations battle against the Dalai Lama and his high-profile supporters like actor Richard Gere.

    On Tuesday, China criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron for meeting with the Dalai Lama, saying it “hurts the feelings of the Chinese people” and amounts to support for Tibet’s independence from Chinese rule.”

    Cameron must have sandwiched his meeting with the Dalai Lama in-between his meetings with a group of Palestinians from Ghaza and one from the West Bank

  4. fool me once... May 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    After watching the video in the “Barack Obama: Drug Warrior; Class Warrior” article, I thought the gobby guy in the video looked familiar. The loud mouthed, in yer face, polemic style of delivery is convincing. Coupled with the control skills of master magicians and a little sprinkling of jew magic thrown in, let’s see what Mr Penn and his diminutive silent companion Teller have to say on the subject of Tibet;

  5. Jonathon Blakeley May 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Amusing TV.. Yes the Dali Lama was the head of Theocracy, Yes he is/was pretty gullible.
    Yes there were abuses in the Past, not under the current Dalai Lama as far as I know.
    Read his books.. although TBH he is not the greatest writer on Buddhism.
    Thich Nhat Hanh on the other hand and his colletced works is very good.