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Tibetans organise prayer meet

- Solidarity shoW for peace

Dec. 10: As many as 500 Tibetans from different parts of the Northeast assembled at Lakhi Ram Barua Sadan for an all-religion prayer meet on World Human Rights Day today.

The prayer meet was held in memory of 94 Tibetans who burned themselves alive while demanding freedom in Tibet and return of the Dalai Lama from exile.

The programme was organised by the Northeast chapter of the Tibetan Solidarity Committee to show the bond that the Tibetans living in the Northeast share with their brethren in Tibet.

The prayer meet was followed by a candlelight peace procession taken out by the Tibetans.

The procession started from Lakhi Ram Barua Sadan, passed by Cotton College and Judges Field and then proceeded towards Latasil playground.

Representatives from different faiths — Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity — prayed for peace in Tibet and also for the departed souls of those who had lost their lives in the struggle for freedom.

“About 500 Tibetans residing in different parts of the Northeast assembled here today to pray for return of peace in Tibet. We observed Global Solidarity Day on World Human Rights Day today. We prayed for the 94 youths who immolated themselves in protest against the atrocities of the Chinese on the Tibetans. Religious representatives from different faiths conducted the prayer service. We also screened a documentary on the self-immolators,” the president of the Local Tibetan Assembly, Bhuechung Tsering, said on behalf of the Northeast chapter of the Tibetan Solidarity Committee.

“We are not demanding a separate country; we just want the Chinese government to give autonomy in the region inhabited by our people in Tibet. The condition in Tibet is deteriorating with every passing day as the fundamental rights of Tibetans are being curbed by the Chinese government. No one is allowed to even protest peacefully. Self-immolation is the extreme step that the youths take unable to bear the atrocities. It is very painful to see youths burning themselves alive. We want China to sit for peaceful dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve the issue,” said Yangchen Dolkar, representative of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

The participants will also observe a 12-hour hunger strike at Dighalipukhuri tomorrow.