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11 February, 2009

Dalai Lama warns of potential for violence in Tibet

"As soon as people are arrested, (the Chinese Government) use torture, and sometimes (the Chinese Government) kill them. Since public execution is difficult, they use torture when Tibetans are detained. " - The Dalai Lama

The beginning of March will mark 50 years since the Dalai Lama fled from Lhasa and Chinese troops poured into the city. The Chinese authorities have already announced that there will be celebrations across Tibet on the anniversary to mark "Serf Liberation Day", the abolition of feudalism and the entrance of Tibet into the modern era.

Reports from Lhasa suggest that Chinese soldiers are now stationed in some monasteries and one Australian newspaper said snipers are positioned on the roofs of major temples to watch out for unrest.

"There is too much anger," (the Dalai Lama) said, during a visit to the German city of Baden Baden. "At any moment an outburst could happen. This is my worry because with more violence there will be more crackdowns. Things are very sad."

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