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    Source: Associated Press

    Dalai Lama Warns of 'Genocide' in Tibet

    By AUDRA ANG,AP
    Posted: 2008-03-17 08:25:59
    Filed Under: World News

    BEIJING (March 17) - Tibet's governor promised leniency to anti-Chinese protesters who turned themselves in before the end of Monday and harsh consequences for those who don't while troops fanned out to quell sympathy protests that have spread to three neighboring provinces. Champa Phuntsok said last week's violent demonstrations in the regional capital of Lhasa left 16 dead and dozens injured. Unconfirmed reports from Tibetan exile groups put the death toll at 80, a claim he denied.

    The uprising, the fiercest against Chinese rule in the region in almost two decades, has embarrassed China's communist government and undermined its efforts to have an unblemished run-up to the Beijing Olympics.

    The ensuing crackdown, meanwhile, led the Dalai Lama, Tibetans' exiled spiritual leader, to decry what he called "cultural genocide" in his homeland and call for an international investigation.

    He also expressed helplessness in the face of the surrender demand. The Washington, D.C.-based International Campaign for Tibet said residents were fearful of a military sweep after the deadline at midnight on Monday.
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