China ac­cuses Dalai Lama of self-im­mo­la­tion protests

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BEI­JING | China on Tues­day ac­cused the Dalai Lama and his as­so­ciates of plan­ning the self-im­mo­la­tion by a Ti­betan ex­ile in In­dia days be­fore Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Hu Jin­tao vis­its, re­peat­ing as­ser­tions that the spir­i­tual leader is to blame for dozens of such protests.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Hong Lei of­fered no ev­i­dence link­ing the Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader to the ex­ile who lit him­self on fire and ran shout­ing through a demon­stra­tion in New Delhi on Mon­day.

He said the Dalai Lama and his as­so­ciates have been in­sti­gat­ing Ti­betan in­de­pen­dence and cre­at­ing “dis­tur­bances” and that showed the Dalai Lama and his as­so­ciates “sin­gle-hand­edly” planned the man’s self-im­mo­la­tion.

About 30 such protests have oc­curred over the past year in eth­nic Ti­betan ar­eas of China, and a Ti­betan self-im­mo­lated last year in In­dia, where many ex­iles re­side.

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