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MEP meets Tibetan political prisoner in Edinburgh

March 23, 2009

stv.tv
March 21, 2009

Labour MEP Catherine Stihler is set to meet
long-time campaigner Palden Gyatso, who was
imprisoned for 33 years in Tibet for his peaceful political activism.

A Scots politician is meeting a former Tibetan
political prisoner to mark 50 years of the Dalai Lama’s exile.

Labour MEP Catherine Stihler is set to meet
long-time campaigner Palden Gyatso, who was
imprisoned for 33 years in Tibet for his peaceful political activism.

Speaking ahead of the Edinburgh get-together on
Friday, Ms Stihler told stv news: "Palden Gyatso
is truly an inspirational figure.

"He spent 33 years in notorious Chinese prisons
and labour camps, yet he has never given up the
struggle for the Tibetan people.

"Mr Gyatso has spent most of his life championing
the cause of freedom and non-violence around the world.

"He speaks for people all over the world who have
faced persecution and been silenced."

The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of
the exile of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The
73-year-old Tibetan figurehead fled his country
in 1959 and established the Government of Tibet
in Exile in India to protest against Chinese rule.

Mr Gyatso was released in 1992 after more than
three decades in Chinese prisons and labour
camps. He has since toured the world highlighting
the cause of Tibetan independence.
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