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Uproar in LS over Chinese crackdown

Members of BJP, BJD, SP and RJD wanted India to condemn the violence, seek immediate UN intervention. Pics | Tibet burns
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2008 04:35 PM IST

The Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar over the Chinese crackdown on protestors in Tibet with Government expressing distress over the "unsettled situation and violence" there.

Several parties barring the Left expressed concern over the "cultural genocide" in Lhasa.

Members of the BJP, BJD, Samajwadi Party and RJD wanted India to condemn the violence and seek immediate intervention by the United Nations and the main Opposition even walked out.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, responding to the concern of members, expressed distress over the "unsettled situation and violence" in Tibet.

He wanted the causes of trouble in the autonomous region of China to be resolved through dialogue and non-violent means.

He informed the House that the government had already issued a statement in this regard.

Raising the issue in Zero Hour, VK Malhotra (BJP) alleged that Tibetans were being "massacred" in Lhasa and China was trying to "culturally finish Tibet", even when spiritual leader Dalai Lama is saying he wanted autonomy and not separation from China.

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