Dalai Lama: China Policy Caused Monk Immolations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) -- Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama, blames what he calls China's "ruthless policy" for prompting the
recent deaths of Tibetan monks who set themselves on fire in

He called on Beijing to change its approach to ruling over the
Himalayan region. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spoke during a
weekend trip to Japan to visit victims of this year's devastating tsunami.

At least nine Tibetans in their late teens and 20s have self-immolated since March in protest of Chinese rule. Many Tibetans consider the Dalai Lama as their rightful leader.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of encouraging the immolations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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