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Dalai leads prayer on anniversary of martial law in Lhasa

March 10, 2009

Press Trust of India
March 8, 2009

Dharamsala, Mar 8 (PTI) -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama today presided over a special prayer at Tibetans'main temple at Mcleodganj, about 20km from here, to mark the 20th anniversary of the imposition of martial law in Lhasa.

Prayer was held for all Tibetans killed inside Tibet and also others still subjected to"Chinese atrocities", sources in the Tibetan government-in-exile said.

Martial law was imposed in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, on March 8, 1989.

Hundreds of monks in red robes converged with scores of other Tibetans at'Tsuglagkhang'(Tibetans main temple at Mcleodganj) to join special prayer.

Prime Minister of the government-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche along with his colleagues was also present on the occasion.

Later, the Dalai Lama addressed a meeting of representatives of Tibetan Buddhist schools organised at his residence.

The 73-year-old Nobel laureate would address the world media on March 10 at Tsuglagkhang on the occasion of 50th anniversary of Tibetans'National Uprising Day, the sources added.

After a failed uprising on March 10, 1959 the Dalai Lama had fled to India. Since then the day is observed as National Uprising Day every year. Large-scale violence had erupted during the commemoration of the day last year when China used force on protestors in Lhasa and other Tibetan provinces.
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