The Tibetan leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has called on the international community, governments around the world and international NGOs to persuade China to “exercise restraint” in dealing with the situation in Tibet’s Ngaba region that has remained tense since Tuesday following confrontation between local population and Chinese troops.
The Tibetan leader, currently in Sweden on a visit, expressed concerns that the current situation if not controlled could become explosive with catastrophic consequences for the Tibetans in Ngaba. “In view of this I urge both the monks and the lay Tibetans of the area not to do anything that might be used as a pretext by the local authorities to massively crackdown on them,” said the Tibetan leader in an appeal letter posted on his official website.
The 1989 Nobel peace laureate has said use of force as the “principle means in dealing with the problems in Tibet has only deepened the grievances and resentment of the Tibetan people.”
“I, therefore, appeal to the Chinese leadership to adopt a realistic approach and to address the genuine grievances of the Tibetans with courage and wisdom and to restrain from using force in handling this situation.
The situation in Ngaba is reportedly tense even after four days since Chinese government’s additional troops being brought into Ngaba Kirti monastery had confrontation with the local Tibetan civilians trying to stop the troops from entering the monastery on Tuesday. Sources said two elderly women have been injured seriously after Chinese troops indiscriminately beat up Tibetans and let loose police dogs upon them.
The situation around Kirti Monastery, one of the most prominent monasteries in Ngaba region, has remained tense following the death of a Tibetan monk Phuntsok, who set himself ablaze in protest on March 16 – marking 3 years since Chinese armed forces cracked down heavily on Tibetan protesters in the region in 2008.
The sources said several people were arrested on Friday but details could not be confirmed yet.
The exile Tibetan government and the parliament, meanwhile, have also urged both the Chinese government and the Tibetans in Ngaba to exercise utmost restraint. They urged the Chinese government to immediately lift the blockade on Kirti monastery.