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Dalai Lama's Representative appeals Tibetans supporters to join Worldwide non-violent action for Tibet

September 1, 2008

By Phurbu Thinley
August 29, 2008

Dharamsala, August 29 -- The representative of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama in Australia has urged Tibetans, Tibet supporters and
peace-loving people in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, to join
in a worldwide non-violent action for Tibet on Saturday.

"I personally request Tibetans, Tibet supporters and peace loving
people in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia to join the Global
Action of Prayers and Fasting on Saturday 30 August 2008," Mr Tenzin
Phuntsok Atisha, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in
Australia, said in a statement issued Wednesday.

"This is an extremely important non-violent action undertaken by the
Tibetans under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a
very critical period for Tibet, particularly the post Olympic
period," Mr Atisha said "according to Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister)
Professor Samdhong Rinpoche of the Central Tibetan Administration in India."

The latest statement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama's office said
the Tibetan leader will now join in the non-violent campaign from
Mumbai after doctors looking after him have had assured there is
absolutely "no cause for concern" over his health.

The Tibetan leader earlier on Wednesday canceled all his schedules
for the next three weeks after complaining exhaustion and was
admitted in a Mumbai hospital on Thursday for abdominal "discomfort."

"On this auspicious day, Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the
world, led by the His Holiness Dalai Lama, will observe a symbolic
12-hour fast with prayers," Atisha said.

Mr Atisha said, "The fast is symbolic of Tibetans' re-commitment to
the path of non-violence, aims to bring relief to those enduring
hardship in Tibet."

The Tibetan PM Prof. Rinpoche earlier, in his own personal request
statement, had described the synchronized 12-hr worldwide campaign,
spearheaded by the Tibetan Solidarity Committee, as an effort 'to
create wisdom and compassion in the minds of the oppressor."

In Australia and New Zealand, Mr Atisha said, "People will be
gathering to observe the fast at a number of events organised by
Tibetan Community Associations, Dharma Centres and Tibet Support Groups."
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