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Venice makes His Holiness honorary citizen

July 31, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
July 29, 2008

New Delhi, July 28 -- The Venice City Council on Tuesday unanimously
approved a resolution called for by Michele Bortoluzzi to award the
Dalai Lama with honorary citizenship before the Beijing Olympics if
possible. To push the motion forward the Tibet Venice Committee has
in the past few days launched a petition that collected 1,500
signatures from its citizens and submitted it to the Municipality.

According to the Committee, "This is a spontaneous aggregation and
apathy of citizens and associations who intend to express solidarity
with the Tibetan people in a tragic moment in its history. We
launched a campaign to collect signatures to ask that the Dalai Lama
be granted honorary citizenship, as a form of closeness with the
struggle of Tibetans to defend human and civil rights".

Mayor Massimo Cacciari will award the recognition in writing in a
special sitting of the Municipal Council.

The Dalai Lama has also been granted honorary citizenship of Paris
and the Polish City of Wroclaw earlier this year.
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