Prayer session mourns death of 8 monks, nun
DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama led a day-long special prayer session to mourn the death of eight monks and a nun who had recently set themselves ablaze in Tibet to protest against "Chinese occupation of their country".
The prayer session was held in the main Tibetan temple in Mcleodganj. Apart from Dalai Lama, other Tibetan spiritual leaders and members of Tibetan cabinet participated in it to express solidarity with people living in Tibet.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Tibetan prime minister in-exile Dr Lobsang Sangay said, "It is the propaganda of Beijing to show a different image, but in reality China practises colonialism and systematic destruction of unique Tibetan culture, religion, language and environment because of which Tibetans are demonstrating time and again. In the last 60 years' occupation of Tibet by China, Tibetans have been undergoing untold suffering."
"Till date, nine young Tibetans have self-immolated to protest against the hard-line policies of Chinese government and to demand freedom for Tibet and the return of His Holiness Dalai Lama," added the statement.
The cabinet through the statement has made an appeal to the Chinese government to "immediately stop its repressive policies in Tibet and resolve the issue of Tibet through peaceful means". It has also appealed to the United Nations to send fact-finding delegations to Tibet.