Dharamshala: - A sculpture, made by a Chinese artist based in America in memory of all those Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protest against the repressive policies of the Chinese government, was unveiled at the Tibet Museum in Dharamshala on the 55th Tibetan National Uprising Day on 10 March.
The event was organised by the China Desk and Tibet Museum of the Department of Information & International Relations. The sculpture was made by Chen Wei Ming with the financial support from Qi Jia Zhen, a supporter of Tibetan cause living in Australia, the official website of Central Tibetan Administration 'Tibet Net' reported.
Addressing the gathering during the unveiling ceremony, Qi Jia Zhen said the sculpture is a gesture of the Chinese people's condolence and respect for all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet through self-immolation.
"The unending protest and self-immolations in Tibet is a result of the Chinese government's continued assault on Tibetans and their culture and religion since it invaded Tibet in 1949," Qi said.
Qi said the self-immolators have demanded freedom for Tibetans and their actions have not caused physical harm to other people. "We Chinese should learn from the culture and compassionate nature of Tibet and the Tibetan people," she said.
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Department of Information and International Relations, who unveiled the statue at the Tibet Museum, thanked the Chinese people for their support for the just cause of Tibet. She reiterated the Tibetan people's firm commitment to non-violence and resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue with the Chinese government based on the Middle Way Approach.