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Tibetans hold prayers to mark 1959 uprising against Chinese forces

March 3, 2010

Sify (India)
March 2, 2010

The Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamshala
held special prayers to mark the anniversary of
the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese
occupation, and their subsequent exile to India in 1959.

This was the first programme organised after the
Dalai Lama's arrival from United States, where he
met US President Barrack Obama at the White House on February 18.

As part of the prayers, the Tibetan
administration and the general Tibetans organised
a ceremony for their spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Thousands of Tibetans, including Buddhist monks,
gathered at the Tsuglagkhang Temple in Dharamsala
to offer prayers for their leader's long life.

"This time the central Tibetan administration as
well as the general Tibetan public, they are
jointly offering prayers for the long life of His
Holiness, and simultaneously for the fulfilment
of all his wishes, and His Holiness has just
arrived from the United States, and this is the
first programme organized by the Tibetan
government," said Lobsang Choedak, Information
Officer of Tibetan Government in-exile.

The heads of the four schools of Tibetan
Buddhism, officials from the Tibetan Supreme
Justice Commission, Tibetan Parliament in-exile,
the Kashag (governing council), and the
autonomous bodies of Tibetan administration attended the prayer ceremony.

China has controlled Tibet since troops of the
People's Liberation Army took over the region in 1950.

Nearly a decade later, Tibetan spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama, led an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. (ANI)

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