Manchester, England, 16 June 2012 - As a light Mancunian drizzle fell outside, His Holiness began the day with a couple of extensive newspaper interviews. In the light of his specifically addressing youth later today, His Holiness was asked what he thought about the riots that took place in Britain last year. He replied,
“When I heard about those riots on the BBC I was surprised. I had always thought of the people of Britain as a mature people, a law abiding people. I wrote to your Prime Minister expressing my concern and suggesting that it was important to really look into the root causes of this violence.” Elaborating on the theme, he pointed out that although people are nominally equal under the law, sometimes the poor are treated less well. Therefore, their voice needs to be heard. If leaders fail to pay attention, it may be necessary to organize a protest or demonstration, with the stipulation that it must be peaceful and non-violent. If violence breaks out, it inevitably detracts from your goal. On the other hand, His Holiness said that while he was shocked by the violence that had taken place, he was impressed to learn that in many places people voluntarily came out to take part in the clean up.
A question about the Queen’s diamond jubilee prompted His Holiness to reveal that he had been familiar with the royal family even as a boy in Tibet through pictures he saw in Life magazine and a documentary film about George VI and his family. He was struck by evident joy with which many people were celebrating the jubilee.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with leaders of youth organizations in Manchester, England, on June 16, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Comedian Russell Brand introduces His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of the youth event "Stand Up and Be the Change" in Manchester, England, on June 16, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to the over 10,000 strong audience at the youth event "Stand Up and Be the Change" in Manchester, England, on June 16, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents an award to a young student Sophia for her extensive altruistic activities during the youth event "Stand Up and Be the Change" in Manchester, England, on June 16, 2012. Photo/Photo/Chloe Crewe-Read|