tibet-post-header
Tibet: News International His Holiness Praises Polish Solidarity

His Holiness Praises Polish Solidarity

E-mail Print
23september20102Wroclaw: His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Wroclaw, Lower Silesia, south-west Poland, yesterday (September 22) and gave a speech praising the country's 1980s Solidarity movement, as it marks its 30th anniversary.

His Holiness first toured an exhibition being held to mark the anniversary, then told a crowd of 6,000, "I think in terms of global change in this part of the world, Solidarity definitely made change, including the Soviet Union - it really made an important impact."

The Polish trade-union movement - the first such free movement in the Eastern Bloc - is widely regarded as being instrumental in ending communism in Eastern Europe.

Rafal Dutkiewicz, the mayor of Wroclaw, presented His Holiness with Solidarity and Tibetan flags, while union members decorated him with a 'Solidarity For Ever' medal.

Comparing the struggle of Tibetans to win freedom in their own country with the struggle the Polish people faced to gain release from Moscow in 1989, His Holiness said, "It is human nature that from childhood we want freedom. God creates all human beings with the same nature - so the desire for freedom.

"So the suppression of freedom with certain ideology is only temporary. You cannot suppress a basic human desire."

However, His Holiness did stress that his aim is not to gain independence for Tibeta from communist China.

This is His Holiness' fifth visit to Poland and his second to Wroclaw, having previously been awarded honorary citizenship of the city in December 2008.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 September 2010 14:44 )  


......


5000 expelled, destruction continues at Tibet's Larung Gar

5000 expelled, destruction continues at Tibet's Larung Gar

Dharamshala — American freedom watchdog,...

Two hundred onlookers detained following self-immolation in Tibet

Two hundred onlookers detained following self-immolation in Tibet

Dharamshala — According to sources in th...

Youth sets himself on fire to protest against the China's rule in Tibet

Youth sets himself on fire to protest against the China's rule in Tibet

Dharamshala — In reports coming out of T...

316 is a day of bloodshed: Monk arrested after lone protest in Tibet

316 is a day of bloodshed: Monk arrested after lone protest in Tibet

Dharamshala — A Tibetan monk was arreste...

Tibetan arrested over protest for Tibet independence from China freed

Tibetan arrested over protest for Tibet independence from China freed

Dharamshala — A Tibetan political prison...

Tibetan youth arrested after solo protest calling "Freedom in Tibet"

Tibetan youth arrested after solo protest calling

Dharamshala — A Tibetan youth believed t...

Pilgrims stopped at border, barred from religious festivals in Tibet

Pilgrims stopped at border, barred from religious festivals in Tibet

Dharamshala — Tibetans traveling from no...