Dalai Lama Advises China
Tibetans To Denounce Him
NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ The Dalai Lama is advising Tibetans in China to give in to Beijing's pressure to denounce him rather than suffer punishment for their devotion. The spiritual leader's spokesman in the northern Indian city of Dharmsala said today the Dalai Lama had given that advice to more than 1,000 Tibetan refugees he met with in three groups over the last three months, most recently on Saturday. According to the text of his statement to the refugees, the Dalai Lama told Tibetans that any sensible person would know that their denunciations of him were made under duress. ``Except for a few ignorant fools, who would ever believe the false statements and propaganda by China?'' he said. To stamp out support for the Dalai Lama, Chinese authorities have subjected monasteries to ``patriotic education'' campaigns in which monks have been forced to denounce the Tibetan leader as a separatist. The Dalai Lama said he is often ``saddened and troubled'' by reports of Tibetans being subjected to detention, beatings and imprisonment after having been found in possession of his pictures. Many Tibetans remain loyal to the Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have joined the Nobel Peace Prize winner in India.