Dalai Lama remembers Tiananmen Square victims

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2014 20:20 IST

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday remembered the victims of Tiananmen Square massacre and offered prayers for those who died for "freedom, democracy and human rights".

"Today, as our Chinese brothers and sisters commemorate the 25th anniversary of June 4, 1989 event in Tiananmen, I offer my prayers for those who died for freedom, democracy and human rights," said the Dalai Lama in a statement issued here.

"These values are the foundation of a free and dynamic society. They are also the source of true peace and stability. While great progress has been made to integrate China into the world economy, I believe it is equally important to encourage China to enter the mainstream of global democracy," added the Dalai Lama.

He said it will help China to gain the trust and respect of the rest of the world, enabling China to fulfill its potential in playing a leading role in global affairs.

Meanwhile, hundreds of exiled Tibetans, including activists of Students for a Free Tibet-India (SFT) and Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), Dharamshala, joined the global solidarity campaign to pay homage to the victims of the massacre.

The campaign also called for the release of prominent Chinese activist Liu Xiabo, human rights activist Ilham Tohti and Southern Mongolia freedom movement activist Hada.

The event took place at the Tibetan Children Village (TCV) Day school in Mcloedganj with photo exhibition of the Tiananmen Democracy movement and the subsequent crackdown by the Chinese Communist regime.

Leaders of various organisations and the Tibetan movement participated at the event and expressed their solidarity.

"Like Tibetans, Chinese have been suffering a similar fate of repression under the Chinese regime.

This regime has been making every possible efforts to conceal the truth from the public and the world", said Nyima Yangtso, vice president of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamshala.

A documentary on the Tiananmen event 'The Tank Man' was also screened on the occasion.

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