Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Wed 12, Dec 2018 01:37 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Uncle claims nephew died of motorbike fire, not self immolation
Tibetans celebrate 29th year of Nobel peace prize conferment
Youth immolates self in Ngaba
Tibetan exiles condemn Indian Express' advertorial "propaganda for China"
China deploys “hunter-killer” drones in high altitude border regions of Tibet, Xinjiang
Bill promoting access to Tibet gets support from US State Department
Closed hotels in Mcleod Ganj see hopes of reopening
German human rights commissioner to visit Tibet after years of prohibition
We need serious action now, Dalai Lama to participants of COP24 climate meet
Tibetan community leaders cancel Dalai Lama’s Nobel prize celebrations in Sydney, cite fear of infighting over the CTA President's presence
 Latest Photo News
Winner of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2018 Ritika Sharma, First Runner-up Palak Sharma and Second-Runner-up Ashima Sharma wave to the audience during the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2018 in McLeod Ganj, India, on 6 October 2018, Photo: L. Wangyal
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives to begin his four day teaching on the request of a Taiwanese group, Tsuglakhang courtyard, Theckchen Choeling, McLeod Ganj, October . 3, 2018. OHHDL Photo/Ven. Tenzin Jamphel
Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the gathering during the 50th year celebration of Tibet Insitute Rikon. The event was attended by around 4000 people from all parts of Europe. Around 4000 people have come to attend the function organised by Tibet Institute Rikon with support of Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtensein. Winterthur, September 22, 2018. Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal
more photos »
Advertisement
Italian Mayor Condemns China's Wrong Policies on Tibet
TibetNet[Saturday, July 26, 2008 11:17]
Mr Achille Variati, mayor of Italian City of Vicenza (C), speaks during a reception given in honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in Geneva, at Lonigo Town hall on 24 July 2008. (Photos by Tibet Bureau, Geneva)
Mr Achille Variati, mayor of Italian City of Vicenza (C), speaks during a reception given in honour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in Geneva, at Lonigo Town hall on 24 July 2008. (Photos by Tibet Bureau, Geneva)
Geneva - "What China is doing in Tibet is shameful and we must express our solidarity with the Tibetans," said Mayor Achille Variati of Italian City of Vicenza. The Mayor officially received Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Geneva in Vicenza City Hall on 24 July.

Expressing great honour to receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative, the Mayor said the representative of His Holiness represents Tibetan people's ancient culture and tradition, which the Chinese government has suppressed for the last 50 years.

The reception was also attended by Mrs. Elena Donazzan, the head of the Veneto Region. In her address, she said that as politicians, she and the Mayor differed on various issues. However, on the issue of Tibet, they were united.

Mr Tseten Chhoekyapa, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Geneva, addresses the gathering during the reception. (Photo by Tibet Bureau, Geneva)
Mr Tseten Chhoekyapa, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Geneva, addresses the gathering during the reception. (Photo by Tibet Bureau, Geneva)
Mayor Variati said as an act of solidarity with the Tibetan people, the city of Vicenza and Veneto Region would fly the Tibetan National flag in the City Hall on 8 August. He asked the citizens of Vicenza and Veneto Region to fly the Tibetan national flag or light candles to express solidarity with the Tibetan people on 8 August.

Mr. Chhoekyapa said that the situation in Tibet is very tragic and tense. Since 10 March this year, over 200 Tibetans have been killed and more than 6000 arrested by the Chinese security forces in response to peaceful demonstrations by Tibetans against Chinese government's wrong policies, he added.

He said, despite the present crisis in Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is steadfast in his commitment in seeking a genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people, so that the Tibet's religion, culture, tradition and language is preserved before it is too late.

During a visit to the Vicenza Provincial government office, the Mayor's representative presented Mr. Chhoekyapa a copy of the Tibet resolution passed by the Provincial Legislative Council on 27 December 2002, in their resolve to fly the Tibetan national flag in the legislative building until the Tibetan issue is resolved.

During the three-day visit to Vicenza region, there was good local media coverage, both in newspapers and TV. The Vicenza's largest newspaper carried a full-page interview with Mr Chhoekyapa.

At a simple reception in the Lonigo Town Hall on 23 July, Mr Choekyappa received a souvenir from the mayor with the citation "With gratitude and solidarity with the Tibetan people, that it will not lose its identity."

Mr Tseten Chhoekyapa presents a Tibetan flag to Vicenza Provincial government. (Photo by Tibet Bureau, Geneva)
Mr Tseten Chhoekyapa presents a Tibetan flag to Vicenza Provincial government. (Photo by Tibet Bureau, Geneva)
On the evening of 24 July, a Tibetan cultural show was organized in Lonigo town by Mrs. Sonam Dolkar Yongschar, the only Tibetan living in the region. Mrs Yongschar was born in Nepal soon after her parents escaped from Tibet. She was first admitted to the Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala and later sent with a group of Tibetans for education in Switzerland.

The event was held in Lonigo's town square front of the Mayor's office. A special stage was decorated with Tibetan national flags and Lungta, the Tibetan prayer flags spanning the town square.

Mr. Claudio Tessarolo, a local journalist, who travelled to Tibet, Nepal and India, gave a very moving introduction to Tibet. Mr. Chhoekyapa spoke in Tibetan about the situation in Tibet, which was translated into Italian by Mrs. Yongschar. The documentary "Tibet, the cry of a people" was screened.

Despite the summer holiday, over 500 people gathered in the town square for the Tibetan cultural evening which started at 9 pm and finished at 11.30 pm. The audience gave a standing ovation at the end of Mr. Chhoekyapa's talk. Later, the town square at night, was aglow with candle lights as a symbol of solidarity with the Tibetan people.

Report filed Tibet Bureau, Geneva, Editing by Lobsang CHOEDAK
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
China complains about Tibetan flag on Czech PM's jacket - press
Cussed China, hopeful Tibet
McCain meets Dalai Lama, urges China to free Tibetan prisoners
Exclusive: We are scared, says Tibet PM-in-exile
Italian Mayor Condemns China's Wrong Policies on Tibet
Internet censorship tightens in China ahead of Olympics
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2018 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement