Amid the international coverage of ethnic Tibetans committing self-immolation, news of the 14th Dalai Lama quieted down after his condemnation of the self-immolations and after he formally resigned as a political leader for the Tibetan government-in-exile. But now the Nobel Peace Prize recipient and spiritual Tibetan Buddhist leader, known as Tenzin Gyatso, is making his latest move that may affect the course of international politics in the next few years.
A mass “solidarity” rally for Tibet has been organized in the Austrian capital city of Vienna due to take place on the 26th of this month.
Already, tens of thousands of people are expected to show up and attend this European Tibet Solidarity Rally which is being organized by pro-Tibetan groups in Europe.
The Dalai Lama also plans to attend the rally to address those attending.
The rally is being organized to basically pressure the nation members of the European Union to address the Chinese government and somehow work with the anti-Dalai Lama government to ease the repressive and human rights violating policies in Tibet.
Organizers of the rally have stated that, besides a high political level of discourse between the EU and China regarding greater autonomy of Tibet or Tibet in general, they wish to form a EU delegation to visit Tibetan areas and even make the position of ‘European Union Special Coordinator’ for issues that deal with Tibet.
The rally will be seen as an affront and threat in the eyes of the Chinese government which has so far been incredibly sensitive and wrathful when it came to the issue of Tibet, the Dalai Lama and the Dalai Lama’s visits to other countries.
In fact, just recently China overreacted to the Dalai Lama’s planned presence at the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi meant to celebrate 2,600 years since the Enlightenment of Siddartha Guatma.
Fortunately, the Indian government did not comply with the Chinese government’s demands of barring the Dalai Lama from attending unlike the South African government when it essentially put the Dalai Lama in visa limbo after the Chinese government demanded that the Dalai Lama be barred from entering South Africa to attend the birthday party of fellow friend Desmond Tutu.
Ever since the Chinese government marched into Tibet with its military in 1950 and effectively ended Tibet’s autonomy, the Dalai Lama’s relationship with China has been sour and full of incredible, one-sided hostility from the Chinese government.
After a failed uprising in 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet and set up a government-in-exile near India’s border with China.
For decades, the Dalai Lama has been traveling around the world raising awareness and support for what he calls “greater autonomy” for Tibetans who are dissatisfied with Chinese rule.
Meanwhile the Chinese government has been venomously trying to stamp out the Dalai Lama’s influence by forcing monks to live in “reeducation” camps, refusing to deal with other governments who invited the Dalai Lama to their countries or even “warning” others of a strain in relations, like with the United States when President Obama invited the Dalai Lama to the White House.
Many are outraged that the Chinese government has audaciously claimed the right to choose the Panchen Lama, who is to be the next Dalai Lama, as they see Tibet as just another province of China just as the Chinese government sees the virtually independent Taiwan as a Chinese province.
The Han Chinese ethnicity has also been recently clashing with other ethnic groups, such as the Uighurs, who lament that their cultures are being stifled by the overwhelming presence of Han Chinese.
In addition to attending a mass rally, the Dalai Lama has been attracting considerable attention over the news of him receiving the Templeton Prize, the biggest monetary prize in the world for spiritually contributing to humanity.
The Dalai Lama added that he will be giving the entire sum of money away and will announce who the recipient of this sum will be at the ceremony this Monday at St. Paul’s.
(Cover Photo: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)