His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tiananmen Pro-Democratic Movement
This year in commemorating 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Students' Democracy Movement, Tibetans in many part of the world joined to show their solidarity with the Chinese people who are seeking justice and freedom. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet had stated many times that he has full faith with the people of China. But the Chinese government condemns by ruthlessly calling him 'wolf in a monk's robe' and 'a splittist'.
Since last year's massive demonstrations in Tibet and around the world coinciding with Beijing Olympics, Chinese regime had accused His Holiness for inciting riots in Tibet and had declared war with His Holiness to the end. His Holiness had flatly rejected the Chinese government's accusation and favored Beijing Olympic 2009 as a chance for the Government to rectify its policy on human rights and freedom in China..
Following are some of the quotes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tiananmen Democratic Movement:
"Despite the tragedy at the Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, the democracy movement has been able to set a process in motion which I consider irreversible. Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom."
-His Holiness on June 4, 1995 http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/archive/old?y=1995&m=6&p=4_1
"I still consider the Tiananmen Square tragedy as only a temporary set-back for the Chinese democracy movement. Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom. People do not like to be bullied, cheated or lied to by either an individual or a system."
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama on June 4, 1997 http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/archive/old?y=1997&m=6&p=4_1
“China will have to change not only to meet the changing aspirations of the Chinese people but also to meet the demands of a dynamic economy which requires an open and transparent political system,”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama on June 4, 2000 http://www.tibet.ca/en/newsroom/wtn/archive/old?y=2000&m=6&p=3_1
His Holiness the Dalai Lama issued a statement in support of Tiananmen Democracy Movement on June 4, 2009. The complete statement is given below:
On occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square students' democracy movement, along with others who take an interest in Chinese affairs, I respectfully honour those who died expressing the popular demand for the government to be more accountable to its people.
The students involved in the Tiananmen Square movement were neither anti-communist nor anti-socialist. Their speaking out in defence of the Chinese people's constitutional rights, in favour of democracy, and taking a stand against corruption, truly conformed to the underlying beliefs of the Chinese Communist government. This was confidently stated by the then party chief Zhao Ziyang. Therefore, the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China presents a great opportunity to review the events of June 4, 1989.
Great changes have taken place in the People's Republic of China since 1989. Today, it is a global economic power poised to become a superpower. It is my hope that the Chinese leaders have the courage and far-sightedness to embrace more truly egalitarian principles and pursue a policy of greater accommodation and tolerance of diverse views. A policy of openness and realism can lead to greater trust and harmony within China and enhance its international standing as a truly great nation.
THE DALAI LAMA
June 4, 2009