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sikyong-prayer-tibet-2013Dharamshala: - As a mark of traditional respect and to express solidarity with all those Tibetans who died of self-immolation protests for the just cause of Tibet, an official prayer service was organised, by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamsala, India.

The traditional prayer service which was aimed mainly to remember all those Tibetans who died of self-immolation protests and particularly Tenzin Sherab, a lay Tibetan man who died on May 27, 2013, after burning himself to protest against Chinese Government's hard-line and repressive policies in Tibet, that certainly cause for self-immolations and protests in the Himalayan region against the regime.

The special prayer service was held at the main Tibetan temple in the Himalayan town of Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, on June 5, 2013, and organised by the Department of Religion and Culture of CTA.

Addressing the public during the service, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay expressed his hope for the resolution of the Tibet issue through dialogue with the People's Republic of China on the basis of the mutually beneficial Middle Way Approach.

Top officials, including Kalons and staff of the Central Tibetan Administration along with local Tibetans and monks attended the prayer service. The prayer service was presided over by Tromthok Rinpoche, abbot of Namgyal monastery based in Dharamshala.

Despite the Central Tibetan Administration's repeated appeals urging Tibetans not to resort to drastic actions, 118 Tibetans self-immolated, 101 of them passed-away.

Most of the Tibetans demand the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans, before Tibetans burned themselves ablaze to protest against the Chinese government repressive policies

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