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Largest Tibetan Vigil in Kathmandu

April 22, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

By Tenzin Choephel
Phayul Correspondent

Kathmandu, April 21 - The Nepal Tibetan Solidarity Forum organized the
largest Tibetan candlelight vigil in Kathmandu on April 20 which saw
participation from over 2000 Tibetans including monks, nuns, lay people,
local Tibetan leaders, officials and Nepali Human Rights activist Mr.
Sudeep Pathak.

The vigil was aimed to draw world attention towards the current Tibet
crisis, and to urge international investigative bodies into Tibet. It
also demanded that China allow freedom of movement and stop its
propaganda against His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Over a thousand Tibetans gathered at the Tibetan Community Center in
Boudha for mass prayer that had resumed since 12th April.

The prayer session ended around 5 pm where Tibetan MP Ven. Yungdrung
Gyaltsen briefly addressed the gathering and requested people to carry
out the vigil peacefully. Mr. Pathak also addressed the gathering and
assured Tibetans of his support in their struggle for human rights.

The vigil took place around 5.20 pm led by Mr. Pathak and Mr. Dhondup
Tsering, Tibetan Welfare Officer of Boudha and Jorpati. Two men carrying
a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama were followed by monks and
nuns some of whom were very young. Students from Songtsen School and
Namgyal High were also present among scores of men and women of all
ages. Free Tibet T-shirts were a common sight and prayers were in order.

The human line was about 2 kilometers long starting from the Community
Center to Boudha and back via Mahankal and Chuchepati making a round
trip of about two and half hour and covering 7 kilometers on foot.

A participant told Phayul, "We will continue with our protest in Nepal
in various forms until there is some resolution to the current Tibet
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