Join our Mailing List

"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Dalai Lama compares Tibetan fate to Warsaw Uprising

July 31, 2009

Agence France-PresseJuly 28, 2009

WARSAW - Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday
compared the fate of the Tibetan people to Polish insurgents who rose up
against Nazi Germany in the doomed 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

"Since 1956 in many parts of Tibet there is a similar situation. Even
the Chinese, communist military sometimes used bombs, airplanes," he
said during a visit to a Warsaw museum dedicated to the battle.

Hailing the Polish people's "desire for freedom", the Dalai Lama lit a
candle at the foot of a vast black memorial wall inscribed with
thousands of names of Polish resistance fighters killed in the Uprising
launched August 1, 1944.

The rebellion, which lasted 63 days, saw 200,000 civilians and 18,000
resistance fighters massacred by the Nazis.

He also rang a bell decorating the memorial wall before hanging a large
white scarf on it, a Buddhist symbol of purity and happiness.

"Very moving" he said following the visit. "I always admire the Polish
people's spirit and also I think the desire for freedom," he said.

"Of course unfortunately one enemy gone and another enemy comes. (It's)
seen very clearly in this museum," the Dalai Lama said referring to the
fact that after Nazi Germany's defeat, Poland was ruled by a communist
regime installed by the Soviet Union.

"Now you really got genuine freedom. Freedom gives rights. I think you
have to realize with rights also there is duty and responsibility . . .
" he said.

The Dalai Lama, 74, arrived in Warsaw Monday for a three-day visit. He
lectured several hundred students Tuesday morning at Warsaw University
and was expected to be named an honorary citizen of the Polish capital
Wednesday morning.

Beijing accuses him of wanting full independence for Tibet, a claim
which he himself has called "totally baseless", insisting instead on an
autonomous status for his Himalayan homeland within China.

He has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet after a failed
uprising in 1959 against Chinese rule.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
Developed by plank