Dharamsala (HP), November 16, 2012: “Tibetans in Tibet are doing all they can and more by giving up their lives with the hope and belief that exile Tibetans and friends will stand up with them. Even if they get tortured, even if they die, their lives will not go in vain because their friends outside will stand up for them,” said Tibetan PM-in-Exile Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the inaugural ceremony of the Second Special International Tibet Support Groups Meeting at the TCV School Hall here today.
He further said countries around the world are getting freedom and it is now the time for Tibet.
Dr Sangay said: “, It is the time for the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.”
This meet has been organised to explore ways to press the Chinese government to end its repressive policies in Tibet.
Around 200 members of Tibetan Support Groups from 43 countries are attending the meeting.
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-Exile called the accusations made by the Chinese Government, absolutely baseless, as they (Chinese Government) labeled Tibetan self-immolators as terrorists and blaming Dalai Lama and Tibetans-in-exile for instigating the protests.
Dr. Sangay said,“ Of the 74 self-immolators, not even one of them harmed a single Chinese person or a Chinese restaurant or a Chinese hotel or a Chinese house. How can this be a terrorist act?”
He said that Tibetans are harming themselves but even at that painful phase when one is burning, they are not running towards Chinese people. They are dying a painful death for themselves.”
The three-day meeting is being convened by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause-India and facilitated by the Department of Information and International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Delegates at the meeting are scheduled to have an audience with Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Saturday, a Tibetan official confirmed.