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Dharamshala government blamed by Beijing

The Tibetan Government-in-Exile, based out of Dharamshala in India, and certain western powers distorted incidents that left protesters and policemen dead and injured last week to show China in negative light, an official government newspaper said. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2012 00:45 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Tibetan Government-in-Exile, based out of Dharamshala in India, and certain western powers distorted incidents that left protesters and policemen dead and injured last week to show China in negative light, an official government newspaper said.

A wave of violence between ethnic Tibetan protesters and Chinese police had left at least two protesters dead, several policemen injured and many in jail in the last few days in a remote south-western part of China last week.

While the government-affiliated news agency, Xinhua, quoting local authorities, said police had opened fire after a “mob charged a police station in a Tibetan prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Tuesday, injuring 14 police officers one day after a similar attack in the same prefecture.”

Monday’s editorial in ‘China Daily’ newspaper lashed out at unnamed western powers for taking the opportunity to criticise the Chinese government.

“The so-called Tibetan government-in-exile, led by the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed separatist attempt, was quick to seize the opportunity to self-aggrandize themselves and beg support from their Western supporters. That may be the reason why the Dalai Lama clique is always so eager to stir up trouble in the region,” the editorial said without taking the name of any country apparently abetting the unrest.