China unleashes vitriolic attack against the Dalai Lama
16 Mar 2008, 1905 hrs IST
BEIJING: Rattled by the vicious pro-independence protests in Tibet, China on Sunday intensified its blitz against Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as state media reeled out "horror stories" of the riots and roped in top religious figures to condemn the violence.
Pro-China Tibetan spiritual leader, the 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu led in condemning the riots, saying it ran counter to Buddhism tenets and pledged his support to the Communist Party of China and the government to restore stability in Tibet.
"We resolutely oppose all activities to split the country and undermine ethnic unity. We strongly condemn the crime of a tiny number of people to hurt the lives and properties of the people," 18-year old Panchen, the second highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, said.
But the officially recognised Panchen Lama, in remarks quoted by official Xinhua news agency, stopped short of naming the Dalai Lama, whose "clique" has been accused by the Tibetan regional government of having "masterminded" the unrest.
The Chinese government and the Dalai Lama had chosen rival incarnations of the 10th Panchen Lama in 1995. The Dalai Lama's choice for the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, disappeared from public view in 1995 when aged six.
The Panchem Lama's remarks were echoed in the religious circle in Tibet.
"A handful of Buddhist monks didn't study the scriptures, didn't follow our religious canon, but echoed the Dalai clique in splittist efforts to undermine the stability in Tibet and destroy the order of the Tibetan Buddhism," Dazhag Dainzin Geleg, vice-president of the Tibetan Branch of the Buddhist Association of China, said.