Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay (Phayul/File photo)
DHARAMSHALA, February 20: In his ‘Losar’ Tibetan New Year message, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay has said the exile administration is “extremely worried” over the “grim” news coming out of Tibet.
"News from Tibet continues to be grim. Tibet is virtually sealed off with foreigners not allowed to enter. Even Chinese tourists are prevented from visiting Tibet, and the military buildup is very heavy," Dr Sangay said.
The fiery wave of self-immolation in Tibet has witnessed a dramatic escalation in recent weeks with three Tibetans torching their bodies last week alone.
According to the Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration, 23 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.
“We are extremely worried over what is happening and what might happen inside Tibet,” the democratically elected Tibetan leader said. “Under such circumstances, please do pray for all Tibetans inside Tibet especially on the third, eight, tenth and fifteenth day of Losar, as these are auspicious days.”
"As requested, please do not celebrate Losar this year, but do observe traditional and spiritual rituals by going to the monastery, making offerings, and lighting butter lamps for all those Tibetans inside Tibet who have sacrificed and suffered under the repressive policies of the Chinese government."
Taking note of the upcoming Tibet Lobby Day
on March 19 and 20, the 43-year old Harvard law graduate said "this year is especially important given the unfolding tragedy inside Tibet”.
“It is important that we do the best we can to approach as many Congressional members and Parliamentarians as possible so as to make them aware."
Multiple Tibet support groups are schedule to rally together on these two days to inform politicians about Tibet, and reinforce the voting public’s support for the Tibetan people.
“If possible, please try to have a resolution passed in the parliament or have a good debate on the situation inside Tibet,” Tibet’s de facto Prime Minister said.
“This way the suffering of Tibetans inside Tibet and their voices will be heard loud and clear around the world, particularly by the leaders in Beijing.”
In a strong message of solidarity, Kalon Tripa assured Tibetans inside Tibet that they will always be in the hearts and prayers of Tibetans in exile.
"I want to say to our dear brothers and sisters inside Tibet that you are in our hearts and prayers every day.”