Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama warned on Wednesday that the situation in his homeland was "very tense" and that an uprising was possible.
"Today there is too much anger. (The) situation is very tense," he said during a visit to the western German city of Baden Baden. "At any moment, an outburst could happen.
"This is my worry because with more uprising, there will be more crackdown," he continued. "Things are very sad.
"As soon as people are arrested, they use torture, and sometimes they kill them. Since public execution is difficult, they use torture when Tibetans are detained."
"In many places, schools are closed, especially private funded schools."
The Dalai Lama was in the spa town of Baden Baden for a ceremony yesterday in which he received the 2008 German Media Prize, which is warded every year by a panel of German editors and journalists.
Previous recipients have included Bill Clinton former US president; Nelson Mandela, the Nobel laureate and former South African president; and Helmut Kohl, Germany's former chancellor.