Dalai Lama Pays Respects to Tiananmen Square Victims

From the Times of India:

The Dalai Lama released a statement praising the victims on the twentieth anniversary of the Massacre: 

“On occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square students’ democracy movement, I honour those who died expressing the popular demand for the government to be more accountable to its people,” the Nobel peace laureate said in a statement. 

“The students involved in the Tiananmen Square movement were neither anti-communist nor anti-socialist. Their speaking out in defence of the Chinese people’s constitutional rights, in favour of democracy, and taking a stand against corruption, truly conformed to the underlying beliefs of the Chinese communist government…

“It is my hope that the Chinese leaders have the courage and far-sightedness to embrace more truly egalitarian principles and pursue a policy of greater accommodation and tolerance of diverse views.” 

See also past CDT posts on the Dalai Lama.

June 5, 2009 11:16 AM
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