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China accused the Dalai Lama on Sunday of orchestrating the recent anti-government riots in Tibet in a bid to mar the Beijing Olympics and overthrow the area's communist leaders.
The accusations came as Tibetan areas were swarming with troops and closed to scrutiny from the outside world. With foreign media banned, information barely trickled out of the Tibetan capital Lhasa and other far-flung communities.
Activists are planning mass protests in Beijing before and during the 2008 Olympics. They count on the support of hundreds of foreign athletes who will be encouraged to raise the issue of Tibet in live television interviews and to display the Tibetan flag and images of the Dalai Lama, prohibited under Chinese law.
Other activists of the group say they will not be seeking the approval of the Dalai Lama, as he has a more moderate position and is okay with Tibet getting partial autonomy rather than complete independence. Officials in the Dalai Lama's office say they are aware of the march but the government-in-exile neither plans to participate nor disrupt the initiative.
The march is a part of the Tibetan People's Uprising Movement, a united effort by five groups: Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, National Democratic Party of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet, India.
The protesters, aiming to arrive at the Indian border with Tibet on the opening day of the Games to draw attention to Beijing's often harsh rule over their region, have succeeded again in using the Games to put Beijing on the defensive.
In the wake of Steven Spielberg's resignation as artistic adviser to the Games in protest against China's role in Darfur, the Tibetans have thrust themselves into a "galvanized international focus on the Olympics as an event that might not work out well for China," says Robbie Barnett, a Tibet expert at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute in New York.
"We wish to unveil the true face of China," says Lobsang Yeshi, a coordinator of the march. "This kind of tyranny [in Tibet] will become open for the world to see … and we see the media coming out to hear the other side of the story."