Thursday, 15 April 2010

Vigil for the Panchen Lama at Bath Abbey on Sunday 25th APRIL 6 - 8 pm

On 14th May 1995, three days after he was named as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhist tradition six year old Gedhun Choeki Nyima and his family were abducted by the Chinese government agencies. He became the youngest political prisoner and as yet in spite of repeated international agencies and UN calls, has not been released. Nor has assurance or access been provided to UN representatives.  The Chinese government have instated their own Panchen Lama. Panchen Lama is also one of the important figures that will recognise the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama - hence the Chinese government hope to exercise control by naming their own candidates. However the Tibetan people do not recognise the Panchen Lama instated by the Chinese government, only under duress.

There will be a vigil on the April 25th 2010 outside the Bath Abbey from 6 pm to 8 pm in support of the Tibetan peaceful struggle and to demand the release of the Panchen Lama, who is 21 this year and has been a political prisoner of the Chinese government from the age of 6 years.

This vigil is in solidarity with the vigil organised by the Tibet Society UK outside the Chinese embassy in London on the 25th April.

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