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    Chinese media on Friday accused Tibet's spiritual leader Dalai Lama of involvement in the deaths of opponents and religious dissidents.

    BEIJING, December 12 (RIA Novosti) - Chinese media on Friday accused Tibet's spiritual leader Dalai Lama of involvement in the deaths of opponents and religious dissidents.

    An editorial on Xinhua, the official government news agency, claims that "in order to secure its autocratic rule, the Dalai clique even resorts to assassination and poisoning to persecute political and religious dissidents."

    "Vjigs-med Tshe-ring, a former key member of the Dalai clique, has testified that at least ten Tibetans who disagreed with the Dalai Lama have been assassinated," the article says.

    The author specially mentions the "repression" of Tibetans who worship the Dorje Shugden deity, whom the Dalai Lama called in 1990 "a pro-Chinese demon."

    On June 6, 1996, the Tibetan government-in-exile adopted a resolution prohibiting worship of the deity, saying that anyone who does so is "a public enemy of the Tibetan society."

    Shortly after, pro-Dalai Lama organizations sent their members to search for Dorje Shugden practitioners. Dalai Lama supporters then "attacked the followers, and smashed windows, and burnt houses," according to the article.

    In October 2008, a Radio Free Asia report stated that the home of a Dorje Shugden practitioner had been firebombed by Tibetan monks "loyal to the Dalai Lama."

    A host of anti-Dalai Lama articles have appeared in China since late November, when Beijing postponed indefinitely a summit with the EU to protest against a planned meeting between the French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Tibet's exiled leader.

    China has branded Dalai Lama a separatist and accuses him of orchestrating violent unrest in Tibet and Gansu in mid-March. The Dalia Lama has denied the accusations.

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