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Dalai Lama Speaks Out in Support of Burmese Democracy Movement

Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has voiced his support for pro-democracy protests in Burma and is urging Buddhist members of the country's military government to show more compassion.

In an interview with VOA in Washington Tuesday, the Dalai Lama said that he admired the recent efforts of Buddhist monks in Burma to push for democracy and added that he felt that their cause was just.

The Dalai Lama also urged Buddhist members of Burma's military government to use the religion's teachings of "compassion" and "love" when confronting such situations of crisis.

The Dalai Lama spoke with VOA after meeting with President Bush in Washington on Tuesday.

The Burmese government's bloody crackdown of pro-democracy protests in Burma last month left at least 10 people dead. Thousands of monks and other activists have been arrested, and many more are believed to have been killed.