Special report: Dalai's separatist activities condemned
¡¡BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- High-ranking Tibetan officials refuted Dalai Lama's "cultural genocide" and "terror rule" remarks on Sunday and said such arguments were a tale of a tub and "downright nonsense."
Dalai cited the "rule of terror" and "cultural
genocide" in its latest separatist remarks after the Lhasa riot, according to
"Should the Dalai separatists group not spoil (the
stability in Tibet), Tibet would be in its best period of development in
history," said Lhasa Mayor Doje Cezhug. "Nowadays, Tibetan people have been
living a modern life while enjoying the development of traditional Tibetan
Legqog, director of the Standing Committee of the
Tibetan Regional People's Congress, said that "'the rule of terror in Tibet', as
Dalai claimed, was downright nonsense."
"The concept of 'citizen' didn't even exist in the
old Tibet," he said. "Under the serfdom rule, slaves had nothing and were traded
by their owners. They suffered all kinds of excruciating tortures."
"The Tibetan people only started to manage their own
affairs after the regional autonomy was inaugurated in 1965," Legqog said.
He said the Tibetan culture has thrived, quite
contrary to the so called "cultural genocide."
"There were 161 cultural sites in Tibet, including 35
on the list of state-level protection. We have 1,700 well-protected temples.
Monks and the public enjoy full religious freedom," Legqog said.
The Party and government has attached great
importance to the cultural development of Tibet and have carried out a large
scale of survey, salvage and protection for Tibet's cultural relics, said
Qiangba Puncog, Tibet Autonomous Regional Government chairman.
"The state has decided to invest 570 million yuan
from 2006 to 2010 to renovate 10 cultural relics sites, including the Jokhang
Temple, and we can say Tibetan culture has never been so flourish as today,"
said the chairman.
Purbu, deputy to the National People's Congress, said
he was "shocked and very much saddened" upon learning what happened in his
"The government has shown consistent restraint from
the beginning to the end and it has also offered chance for the lawbreakers to
surrender themselves, showing utmost respect to humanity" he said.
"We should cherish the hard-earned achievements of
Tibet," said the man, who lived 56 years in the city.
(Xinhua reporters Jia Lijun, Wu Chen contributed to