Indian church empathises with Tibetans

April 9th, 2008 - 2:04 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Announcing its solidarity with “alienated” Tibetans, the Indian catholic church has appealed to the Chinese government to exercise restraint while dealing with Tibetan protestors. Expressing deep anguish over the rights situation in Tibet, where anti-China protests have turned violent, Delhi Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao said in a statement: “The Church has always stood by the oppressed and has defended the rights of minorities. So it is only appropriate that it raises its voice for the Tibetans who are experiencing an alienation and repression of their culture and identity over the last many decades.”

Acknowledging that China had been steadily progressing on the road to greater freedom for its people, Concessao said: “It is sad that while the world was looking forward to the great event of the Olympics in Beijing, it was being marred by a controversy that could easily be avoided through dialogue between the Chinese government and the Tibetan government in exile.”

The archbishop pleaded with the Chinese government and the Tibetan leaders to work toward the restoration of peace. He said both sides should find a peaceful solution through dialogue.

The Dalai Lama lives in India heading a government-in-exile based in Dharamsala. India is also home to some 100,000 Tibetan exiles.

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