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Dalai Lama arrives in Poland

September 26, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
September 22, 2010

Dharamsala, Sept 22 -- His Holiness the Dalai
Lama arrived on Wednesday in Wroclaw, the capital
of Lower Silesia in south western Poland, where
he was due to give a lecture and meet with locals
before continuing his tour of Europe.

According to a press statement issued by the
Office of Tibet, London, the exiled Tibetan
leader arrived in Poland, following his visits to
Hungary and Germany, at the invitation of the
Mayor of Wroclaw, Mr. Rafal Dutkiewicz.

His two-day visit will begin with a visit to the
Solidarity Wroclaw exhibition, which was created
in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the
Polish Solidarity movement. Later His Holiness
will give a public talk on the subject of
“Solidarity” at the Centenary Hall for which
6,000 tickets have already been sold.

The Tibetan leader will also hold a separate
meeting with representatives of the Polish Parliamentary Group for Tibet.

During his stay, His Holiness will meet with
representatives of the religious groups in the
city and interact with children from secondary schools in Wroclaw.

On Thursday, he will hold a press conference
before meeting with young people in the Wroc?aw Puppet Theater.

The Dalai Lama previously visited the city in
December 2008 when the Wroclaw City Council
presented His Holiness with the Honorary
Citizenship of the city, the citation of which
rread: “Poland, though it suffered immensely in
the past, has never given up its spirit, and the
Poles are now living in a free country. Wroclaw
is a city of many cultures and religions. In the
words of the late Pope John Paul II, Wroclaw is a
meeting place, a uniting place. The ideals of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama are especially dear to the citizens of Wroclaw.”

The citation further described Dalai Lama as "an
unmatched role model in propagating the idea of
peace, freedom and mutual respect."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Poland
this week will be his fifth following previous
visits in 1993, 2000, 2008 and 2009.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a long time friend
of former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize
winner Lech Walesa, and enjoys a huge following in Poland.

In Dec 2008, The Dalai Lama and other Nobel Peace
laureates were invited to Gdansk in Poland to
celebrate the 25 years since Walesa won the award
for leading Poland's Solidarity movement in a
peaceful struggle against the then communist regime.

During the visit, the Tibetan leader was met by
the visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy that upset China.

In protest, China decided to walk away from a
long-planned annual summit with EU and warned
France of serious consequences in trade and bilateral relations.

In July last year, the Tibetan leader was awarded
the honorary citizenship of Polish capital Warsaw.
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