Dalai Lama blasts China

2011-10-08 13:09
Cape Town - The Dalai Lama on Saturday accused China's rulers of creating a climate of lies, hypocrisy and imposing "immoral" censorship on its people.

"In reality, for the communist totalitarian system and for many totalitarian systems, hypocrisy [and] telling lies has unfortunately become part of their lives," he said in a dialogue with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.

"You and me are trying to make clear what is the reality. The Chinese people should have the right to know reality," he added.
"Censorship is immoral."

The Dalai Lama was speaking to Tutu via video link-up after cancelling a planned trip to South Africa because of the government's seeming reluctance to give him a visa for fear of straining ties with China.

The spiritual leader had planned to attend Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations at the weekend.

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