Chinese authorities have detained 70 people in a crackdown on self-immolations in ethnic Tibetan regions, state media said on Thursday, the largest single reported sweep of suspects to date as the government tries to stop the unrest.
Twelve of the 70 were formally arrested and will be charged, according to Xinhua.
Qinghai deputy police chief Lu Benqian then had some complimentary, magnanimous, simply nice things to say about the Dalai Lama:
“The Dalai Lama clique masterminded and incited the self-immolations,” Lu said. “Personal information, such as photos of the victims, were sent overseas to promote the self-immolations.”
“A few individuals with a strong sense of extreme nationalism showed sympathy with the self-immolators and followed their example,” Lu said.
“The self-immolation cases were influenced by the separatism of the Dalai Lama clique, as the Dalai Lama has prayed for self-immolators and Tibetan separatists overseas flaunt them as ‘heroes’.”