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   Wen blames Tibet protests on Dalai Lama
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News DateTuesday, March 18, 2008 09:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBEIJING - China's premier on Tuesday denounced the Dalai Lama's supporters as separatists and accused them of instigating violent anti-Chinese riots in Tibet's capital, after a deadline for the rioters to turn themselves in passed without any apparent surrenders.

"There is ample fact — and we also have plenty of evidence — proving that this incident was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique," Wen told reporters at a news conference held at the end of China's national legislative meeting. He gave no details.

"This has all the more revealed that the consistent claims made by the Dalai clique that they pursue not independence but peaceful dialogue are nothing but lies," he said.

Wen underscored that China will only consider dialogue with the Dalai Lama if the exiled spiritual leader was "willing to give up his proposition for so-called Tibetan independence."

He also dismissed claims by the exiled Dalai Lama that there was "cultural genocide" taking place in the revered spiritual leader's homeland.

Hours after Monday's midnight deadline for protesters to turn themselves in or face severe punishment, the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia on Tuesday quoted an unnamed witness as saying that authorities in Lhasa had began arresting hundreds of people.
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