Visnews secured April 18 - the day the Dalai Lama arrived in Tezpur after his month's journey to freedom - an exclusive sound coverage of the statement by the 23 year old Ruler of Tibet.
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Background: Visnews secured April 18 - the day the Dalai Lama arrived in Tezpur after his month's journey to freedom - an exclusive sound coverage of the statement by the 23 year old Ruler of Tibet.
He said Tibet did not have any autonomy under the Chinese Communists, that he had left Lhasa for this reason and of his own accord and that his own people and helped him to escape.
He accused the Chinese of destroying monasteries, killing lamas and taking monks and officials to China for forced labour.
At the end of the statement he said he hoped the bloodshed in Tibet would end. "As Dalai Lama and spiritual head of all Buddhists in Tibet his foremost concern is the well-being of his people and ensuring the perpetual flourishing of his sacred religion and the freedom of his country." He thanked India for granting him a home.
From Tezpur, the Dalai Lama makes a long rail journey to Maussouri where a miniature palace owned by one of India's leading industrialists will be his new home.
Mr. Nehru is due to meet him April 24. Chou En-lai, Communist Chinese Prime Minister told China's Parliament, the day the Dalai Lama arrived in Tezpur, that the ruler had been "abducted to India" - a charge the Dalai Lama refuted in his statement: 'I came of my own free will.' Chou En-Lai urged him to return to his country. He also said the rebellion there was under control.