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Kalon Tripa thanks Tibetans and Tibet supporters in Berlin

February 22, 2011

The Office of Tibet, Geneve

Berlin, 18 February: Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche yesterday
evening addressed the Tibetan community and the Tibet Supporters in Berlin.

“Very dear friends of Tibet,” said Kalon Tripa in his opening address.
He then expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Kashag for their
support. He requested them to continue their support for Tibet.

He said that the situation in the world is changing very fast –
referring to the recent changes in the Arab world. “The Chinese
totalitarian regime cannot remain forever. It is against the law of
nature. When positive changes come to China, then definitely Tibetan
people will get freedom,” he said.

It was difficult to predict, he said. But looking at the speed of
changes taking place in Mainland China, the dream of freedom for all the
people of People’s Republic of China is not far.

In response to a question on sustaining the patriotism amongst the
younger generation of Tibetans, Kalon Tripa said “we see more enthusiasm
among the youth than the elder people. This is amazing.”

The Tibetans below 50 years in Tibet have never seen His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and Tibet’s old culture. According to China, these Tibetans
were raised under the blessing of the Red Flag. But in spite of that
they have more devotion and faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to
the traditional Tibetan culture.

“If you analysis the uprising in 2008 in Tibet, more than 80 percent who
participated in the demonstrations were below 40, the younger
generation,” Kalon Tripa said.

In the West, “We do have few Tibetan youths who do not speak even
Tibetan language but they are more enthusiastic to participate in the
Tibetan movement and do every bit for regaining freedom of Tibet. Their
patriotism and their arch for regaining freedom are not less than the
other generation if not better. This is my experience from working with
the Tibetans,” said Kalon Tripa.
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