President Obama met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for more than an
hour today at the White House in the first meeting between the two
Nobel Peace laureates since President Obama took office. Read SFT's
Sources reported that in eastern Tibet,Tibetans lit fireworks in the
streets, hung prayer flags, lit incense, and made other celebratory
gestures despite the heavy military presence in the region. In Lhasa,
Tibet's capital, crowds gathered at the Potala Palace to show their
support for the meeting.
Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters, old and young, gathered outside
the White House with Tibetan and American flags to mark the historic
meeting. Watch Lhadon Tethong's video coverage.
Watch Tendolkar's video report for SFT TV.
Thank you to everyone who sent a fax to the White House this week,
calling on President Obama to help broker a just and lasting
resolution for the Tibetan people.
Together, we reached our goal of sending more than 3,000 faxes in
advance of the meeting! Our actions clearly demonstrate to the Obama
administration that Tibet is a priority issue for Americans and for
the global community.
A new poll released by CNN reports that nearly 75% of Americans think
Tibet should be an independent country. We must continue to press our
elected representative to take action to reflect the American people's
support - and indeed the global support - for Tibet.
In a prepared statement made after today's meeting, President Obama
expressed his "strong support" for Tibet. Now we must urge him and
other world leaders to take their support for Tibet to the next level
so that Tibetans can live in peace and freedom one day soon.
Bod Rangzen. Tibet Will be Free.
Tendor, Kate, Tendolkar, Schuyler, and all of us at SFT HQ
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