The Dalai Lama criticised Beijing’s actions in Tibet since apparent anti-Chinese protests erupted in the region last year. ‘Since March 2008 I have the feeling that a very old nation and its heritage and culture have received a death sentence,’ he told reporters at Paris airport on his arrival.
‘The Chinese government makes a hard line policy, but the Chinese people are ignorant of the situation. The international community must go there to investigate, without restrictions.’ The Dalai Lama, 73, is to be made an honorary citizen of Paris on Sunday… ‘He seem to us very pessimistic,’ said Lionnel Luca, president of the French parliament’s 170-strong Tibet studies group. ‘For the first time he told us that the March 2008 events were a provocation by the Chinese authorities.’
A June 1st New York Times interview with the Dalai Lama:
See also past CDT posts on the Tibet Riots.