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Tibetans rally support for Karmapa at Dharamsala

February 1, 2011

Ht Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Shimla, January 30, 2011

First Published: 20:33 IST(30/1/2011)

Three days after Tibetan spiritual leader was caught in cash
controversy, Tibetan exiles on Sunday rallied support for 17th Karmapa
Ogyen Trinley Dorje. On call given by Regional Tibetan Youth Congress,
exiles from different walks of life staged a candle light vigil to
exhibit their support for

17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje at Gyoto Tantric Monastery. Tibetans
majority of them from monk community offered prayers chanting
traditional Tibetan mantras.

"We are deeply hurt that our Lama who we revere and keep in high esteem
has been alleged for having ‘Chinese links'" by the media. We protest
such reports” said Tenzing Tsundue, poet and Tibetan activist.
Protestors took round of the temple and later gathered at courtyard of
the monastery.

The speakers expressed their support with the 17th Karmapa at the
monastery. Officials of the central Tibetan administration did not
participate in the vigil.

"Allegations of Chinese links are unfounded. Karmapa is innocent in this
matter" said Sonam Dorje, president of regional chapter of Tibetan Youth
Congress addressing the Tibetans during the vigil. "We thank the Indian
government for all the support the Tibetans had got from the Indian
government all these years," said Sonam, while he proclaimed that 17th
Karmapa was innocent and nothing to do with stacks of money found at
Gyuto Tantric monastery.

Dorje who is also the general secretary of Indo-Tibetan friendship
society said that Tibetans would rally more support for Tibetans if the
need be. Tibetans from the settlements of Birh, Battu, Tashijong,
Gopalpur and had participated in the candle light vigil even as 17th
Karmapa remained closeted in his small room at the monastery.

Meanwhile the Tibetan government- in exile guardedly backed the Karmapa
by posting the statement at their officials website which declared
Karmapa innocent.
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