Dharamshala: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama today participated in prayers in Dharamshala for victims of the ongoing repression by the Chinese at Kirti monastery in Northeastern Tibet.
The situation in Kirti monastery, housing nearly 2,500 monks is grim following self-immolation by a monk on March 16th to protest the repression of the widespread peaceful protests across Tibet in 2008. The monastery has been completely surrounded since March 16 by Chinese armed forces, who at one point prevented food and other vital supplies from entering the monastic compound.
Prayers organised by various Tibetan organisations was attended by thousands of exiles, monks, nuns and sympathisers. Senior leaders of the Government-in-Exile, including Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche also participated in the prayers. Government-in-Exile on April 23 appealed to the international community to persuade China not to use force against locals. “We strongly appeal to the international community, governments and parliaments to persuade China not to use force to resolve the crisis that is facing the monks in Ngaba,” the Kashag (cabinet) said in a statement here.