Special report: Dalai's separatist activities condemned
BEIJING, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Any secessionist attempt to
sabotage Tibet's stability will not gain public support and will fail, Qiangba
Puncog, Tibet Autonomous Regional Government chairman, told reporters in Beijing
on Monday. He was remarking on violence in Lhasa on March 14.
The chairman said that the riot was the result of a
conspiracy by followers of the Dalai Lama.
"People of all ethnic groups in Tibet have expressed
their outright indignation and condemnation of the outrage," he said.
He told the media that the regional government had
organized public security personnel, armed forces and other authorities to
extinguish fires and ensure that injured people were hospitalized. The
government had also stepped up security at schools, banks and government
institutions and would clamp down on any violent activity under Chinese laws.
"All the measures we have taken are aimed at
maintaining social stability, defending the country's laws and rules and
protecting Tibetan people's rights and interests," Qiangba Puncog said.
He said that calm and social order had been restored