March 10, 2009

Dalai Lama speaks out against China

Per the Associated Press, the Dalai Lama stated today in a speech in Dharmsala, India that Chinese rule in Tibet has led to a "hell on earth" and the only way to solve the issue is through peace.

The address came in front of thousands of supporters and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that sent him into exile, according to the article.

Stephanie Nolen (@snolen), a South Asia correspondent for Canada's Globe and Mail based in New Delhi, attended the Dalai Lama's speech and live tweeted from it. Here's a sample of her tweets:

@snolen: #Dalai Lama - "Very few Chinese people have a true understanding about Tibet" due to deliberate misinformation by authorities

@snolen: #Dalai Lama - "I have no doubt that justice of #Tibet's cause will prevail iif we continue path of truth & non-violence."

@snolen: #Dalai Lama: "We must prepare ourselves in case #Tibetan struggle goes on for a long time."

@snolen: #Dalai Lama concludes by asking for peace for all beings

@snolen: the #Dalai Lama has left the temple in a swirl of monks and pipers and drummers and Tibetan flags

Someone watching coverage of the event by CNN in a nation that borders both India and China made this observation:

@sidne (Kathmandu, Nepal): CNN kept getting scrambled every time they mentioned Dalai Lama. Then cable went out completely. Coincidence?

Others in the Twitterserve noted the significance of today's date.

@Bin_Li (Beijing, China): 50 years ago, Chinese army invaded Tibet and force Dalai Lama to exile. Remember this date March 10.

@cireynolds (Chicago, Ill.): I find it odd that the exile of the Dalai Lama and Barbie have the same 50th anniversary date.

@sameetkumar (Florida): is sending thoughts and prayers for 50 years of sorrow, tears, and blood in Tibet.

@amp6 (Undisclosed): Happy(?) 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's exile (or "Serf Liberation Day," a title sure to win the hearts and minds of all Tibetans)

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