His Holiness prays for victims of Tiananmen event; calls on China to embrace democracy
DHARAMSALA, June 5: As people across the world observed the 25th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown by expressing their solidarity with those who were killed and called on the Chinese government to account for the killings, the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered prayers for those who died that day for freedom, democracy and human rights.
“These values are the foundation of a free and dynamic society. They are also the source of true peace and stability,” the Tibetan leader said in a message posted on his official website.
His Holiness further emphasised the need to encourage China to enter the mainstream of global democracy to fulfill its potential in playing a leading role in global affairs.
“While great progress has been made to integrate China into the world economy, I believe it is equally important to encourage China to enter the mainstream of global democracy. This will help China to gain the trust and respect of the rest of the world, enabling China to fulfill its potential in playing a leading role in global affairs,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader who’ll turn 79 on July 6 this year.