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China Alleges Tibet 'Suicide Squads'

April 2, 2008

Published: April 1, 2008

BEIJING (AP) -- China escalated its rhetoric against supporters of the
Dalai Lama on Tuesday, accusing the Nobel Peace laureate's backers of
planning suicide attacks.

The Tibetan government-in-exile dismissed the allegation, saying it
remained dedicated to the nonviolent struggle long promoted by their
Buddhist leader.

''Tibetan exiles are 100 percent committed to nonviolence. There is no
question of suicide attacks. But we fear that Chinese might masquerade
as Tibetans and plan such attacks to give bad publicity to Tibetans,''
said Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of the government in exile in
Dharmsala, India.

Public Security Ministry spokesman Wu Heping said searches of
monasteries had turned up 176 guns, 13,013 bullets, 19,000 sticks of
dynamite, 7,725 pounds of unspecified explosives, two hand grenades, and
350 knives.

He provided no details or evidence.

''To our knowledge, the next plan of the Tibetan independence forces is
to organize suicide squads to launch violent attacks,'' Wu said at a
rare news conference on Tuesday.

He used the term ''gan si dui,'' a rare term directly translated as
''dare-to-die corps.'' The official English version of his remarks
released by the Public Security Ministry translated the term as
''suicide squads.''

Beijing has repeatedly lashed out against the Dalai Lama and his
supporters since March 14 anti-government riots in Tibet, labeling the
spiritual leader a ''cat's paw of international anti-China forces'' and
denouncing protesting monks as the ''scum of Buddhism.''

In recent days China has been showing decades-old propaganda films on
state television portraying Tibetan society as cruel and primitive
before the 1950 invasion by communist troops.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama and his supporters of orchestrating riots
as part of a campaign to sabotage the Beijing Summer Olympics and
promote Tibetan independence. China has ignored international calls for
mediation and refuses to discuss accusations of discrimination,
repression and economic disenfranchisement.

The 72-year-old Peace Prize winner has condemned the violence and urged
an independent international investigation into the unrest and its
underlying causes. The Dalai Lama has repeatedly said he seeks autonomy
for Tibet under Chinese rule.

Chinese state media says 18 civilians and one police officer were killed
in the Lhasa riots. All but one were migrants from other parts of China,
among the many who have flooded into the region in recent decades.

Tibetan exiles say the violence and the harsh crackdown afterward left
nearly 140 people dead.

Associated Press reporter Ashwini Bhatia contributed to this report from
Dharmsala, India.
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