Dalai Lama to Resign if Violence Worsens

The Dalai Lama bows as he arrives on stage for a conference at Emory University in Atlanta Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Dharmsala, India (AP) The Dalai Lama is threatening to step down as leader of Tibet's government-in-exile over violence committed by Tibetans in his homeland.

The chinese premier has accused the Dalai Lama's supporters of instigating violence in Tibet's capital city of Lhasa.

The Dalai Lama says “if things become out of control” in the territory his “only option is to completely resign.” an aide later clarified the statement by saying the Dalai Lama would only resign as the political leader, but not as spiritual leader.

The recent protests against chinese rule in Tibet began peacefully earlier this month, but later turned violent. Chinese officials say 16 people have been killed, but the exiled Tibetan government puts the death toll at 80.