Pelosi Calls for Tibet Investigation
Posted on Mar 21, 2008
Shortly after Chinese officials admitted that their country’s troops had fired on Tibetan protesters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation into China’s accusations that the Dalai Lama was somehow behind the recent violence in Tibet, according to the BBC.
Ms Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, also called on the international community to denounce Chinese rule in Tibet.
She spoke out while holding talks in northern India with the Dalai Lama.
The Chinese authorities are continuing to tighten security following days of protests by Tibetans.
China says 16 people have been killed by rioters in Lhasa, the main city. The Tibetan government-in-exile—headed by the Dalai Lama, regarded by many Tibetans as their spiritual leader—says at least 99 people have died in the crackdown by Chinese troops.
AP photo / Ashwini Bhatia
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Dalai Lama exchange bows in Dharmsala, India, on Friday.