BEIJING – Premier Wen Jiabao accused the Dalai Lama of orchestrating violent clashes to taint the Beijing Olympics, saying Tuesday that the Nobel Peace laureate was provoking violence to promote Tibetan independence.
The Dalai Lama urged his followers to remain peaceful, saying he would resign as head of Tibet’s government-in-exile if the situation spun out of control. But he also suggested the Chinese may have fomented the protests in Tibet and neighboring provinces in order to discredit him.
In China‘s highest-level response to the unrest, Wen underscored the Communist leadership’s determination to regain control of Tibet and nearby parts of China and reassure the world it is fit to host the Games.
“There is ample fact — and we also have plenty of evidence — proving that this incident was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique,” Wen told reporters at his annual news conference at the end of China’s national legislative session.
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