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Tibetans pray for peace back home

September 2, 2008

Times of India
August 30, 2008

BANGALORE -- Tibetans in the city observed a 12-hour fast and prayer
service on Saturday to show solidarity with their people back home.

Representatives of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile and Central
Tibetan Administration organized the protest. Saturday was also the
last day of the sixth month of the Earth-Mouse year in the Tibetan calendar.

About 350 Tibetans assembled at the Tibetan Youth Hostel auditorium
in Koramangala and took part in the fast from 8 am to 8 pm. A Hindu
and Christian priest were also present. A Tibetan monk from Hunsur
chanted prayers for 12 hours and led the crowd.

Kunga Dorjee, chief representative of the organizing body, said the
prayer service was for world peace and those who died fighting for
Tibet. "We are also praying for the good health of our leader, Dalai
Lama," he said.

A statement from Kashag, the headquarters of the Tibetan body, said
non-violence is the only way to solve the Tibet crisis. "We pray that
those who died for a free Tibet did not give their lives in vain," it
stated. The statement also said Tibetans were praying for victims of
recent earthquakes in Sichuan and South-Western Tibet.
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