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No force can stop the desire for freedom, says Dalai Lama

September 26, 2010

Polish Radio (Foreign Service)
September 24, 2010

As part of a two-day visit to Wroclaw, Wednesday,
the Dalai Lama gave a lecture to a packed
Centennial Hall on solidarity and freedom and
visited an exhibition dedicated to the Solidarity movement.

The spiritual leader of Tibet first visited the
Solid Wroclaw exhibition to mark the 30th
anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union.

The Dalai Lama was guided around the exhibition
by President of Wroclaw Rafal Dutkiewicz.

"Every living being desires freedom. However, in
human history there are periods of organized
suppression of this freedom. So it's perfectly
natural that people spontaneously fight against
this oppression. The Polish spirit shows this
most clearly. This exhibition is best proof of
how vital the pursuit of freedom is among Poles,”
said the Dalai Lama afterwards.

He then gave a lecture to an audience of 6,000
people at Centennial Hall. "Spiritually and
emotionally I was part of the Solidarity
movement," he said. "You cannot suppress the human desire for freedom."

The Dalai Lama is currently on a tour of Europe.
Earlier this week he visited Hungary and Germany.
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