Zurich, Switzerland, April 10th, 2010 - Over 8,000 people gathered at Münsterhof, in the
heart of Zurich city to express solidarity with His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and the Tibetan people.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
at the Tibet Solidarity-Rally in Zurich. (Photo courtesy/Manuel Bauer)
“Expressing solidarity with our cause is very
useful to remind China of the Tibetan cause,” said His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. “I very much appreciate it.” He further said that the
Chinese Government must address the reality of the Tibetan problem. His
Holiness added that he was 100 percent certain that the Tibetan issue
will not disappear, despite China using force and suppression on the
Tibetan people. He reiterated that he was not seeking separation from
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he welcomed
people’s support of Tibet’s non-violence struggle and asked them to also
practice non-violence at home.
Solidarity rally is important for the Tibetan
struggle, as it snow that it is not the struggle of few Tibetans but
ordinary people worldwide are showing support. His Holiness spoke about
two of his three commitments in life - the first is promoting human values and the second is promoting religious
At the end of His Holiness’ address at the
Solidarity Rally, he said, “So my brothers and sisters, please think of
these two points. Please promote these two points. If you do this, it
shows you are a good friend of the Dalai Lama.”
In the morning, His Holiness addressed the First
European Tibetan Youth Parliament. The aim of the Youth Parliament is to
bring together young Tibetans from across Europe to discuss Tibetan
issue and working together across Europe especially.
His Holiness addressing the
First Euripean Tibetan Youth Parliament. (Photo courtesy/Manuel Bauer)
Tendon Dahortsang, the President of Tibetan Youth
Association in Europe in her welcome address said, “Though we have grown
up in different parts of the world, we are Tibetans and to serve the
Tibetan people’s struggle.”
She said that during her first visit to Tibet in
2002, she met an elderly Tibetan in Lhasa who asked where she came from.
During their talk, the elderly Tibetan said that the Tibetan people in
Tibet have great expectations from the Tibetan in exile community
especially the youth.
he First European Tibetan Youth Parliament
conference is organized by the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe,
based in Switzerland. This year Tibetan Youth Association in Europe is
marking the 40th Anniversary since it was founded.
In his address to the First European Tibetan Youth
Parliament, His Holiness said that that the older Tibetan generation is
dying. It is the responsibility of the younger generation to continue
the struggle of Tibet. In 2008, the world heard the suffering of three
generation of Tibetan.
“We are the representatives of the Tibetans in
Tibet. Thinking about the future of Tibet is important,” said His
Holiness the Dalai Lama.