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Dalai Lama gets Honorary Citizenship of Polish city

June 27, 2008

By Surender Bhutani
ICT by IANS
June 25, 2008

Warsaw, June 25 (IANS) -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has
been made an honorary citizen of Wroclaw, a big city in southwest
Poland. This was announced Monday by the city's president, Rafal Dutkiewicz.

Dutkiewicz lauded the Dalai Lama's struggle for peace and
independence for his people.

"The Dalai Lama has made tremendous efforts to keep the struggle
going in face of a ruthless regime for the freedom of his people for
five decades. Every lover of freedom and human rights should salute
him. It is our privilege to confer upon him honorary citizenship of
our city-Wroclaw," said the city president.

The Polish government has invited the Dalai Lama to visit Poland this
year. A date is being fixed for the trip. It is possible the Dalai
Lama may go to Wroclaw then to accept the honorary citizenship.

The Dalai Lama enjoys widespread support in Poland. Many
demonstrations have been held in the country in support of Tibet's
freedom since March in the wake of a crackdown by Chinese security
forces in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama lives in India, heading a government-in-exile based in
the hill town of Dharamsala. India is also home to some 100,000
Tibetan exiles. The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed
revolt against Chinese rule over Tibet.
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