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Dalai Lama arrives in Australia

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 00:54

June 13 - Dalai Lama calls on China to investigate self-immolations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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The Dalai Lama arrived in Sydney on Thursday (June 13) and said Tibetans setting themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule are having little effect on Beijing's policies, and urged China to look harder at the reasons behind the incidents. More than 100 Tibetans have set themselves alight in protest against Chinese rule since 2009, mostly in heavily Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces rather than in what China terms the Tibet Autonomous Region. Most have died. A Chinese official in March accused the Dalai Lama of providing money to encourage people to set themselves on fire, and said there was evidence to prove the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was orchestrating the self-immolations. "This is a symptom of some causes so the Chinese officials now must investigate what is the causes of this symptom, of this event. It is not sufficient just to blame someone, including the Dalai Lama. 'The Dalai Lama create these things.' If it helps blame it on me, if it really solves the problem, OK, I am happy to take all the blame, but it won't help, " he said. Beijing considers the Dalai Lama, who fled from China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama says he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.

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Dalai Lama arrives in Australia

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 00:54