New Delhi (dpa - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Tibetans not to adopt violent methods of protest and said he would resign if the violent demonstrations continued, news reports said Tuesday.

'I have always made it clear that the expression of deep emotion should be in control. If it is out of control, we have no option. If the violent demonstration will continue, I would resign,' PTI news agency quoted the Tibetan leader as saying in the Indian capital where he is holding a week-long meditation workshop.

The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to refrain from harming Chinese people. 'I have always respected the Chinese people ... Chinese communism. Even most of the Tibetan protestors are ideologically communists. I think inside or outside China, if the demonstrators utilize violent methods, I am totally against it,' he was quoted as saying.

Asked what he planned to do about the ongoing crisis, the Dalai Lama said: 'Just wait.'

The Dalai Lama lives in exile in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala but spends a great deal of time travelling across the world giving lectures on Buddhism and holding meditation workshops.


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