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Buddhists protest Dalai Lama Norway visit in their hundreds

Published on Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 at 21:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th May 2014 at 19:25.

International Shugden Community organisers say they plan three days of demonstrations under the religious leader’s visit to Oslo this week.



According to them, hundreds of Buddhists, including monks and nuns, will be staging strong protests against the Dalai Lama as he speaks at events in the Norwegian capital.

The Community say they wish to draw world attention to what they state is his “hidden intensive persecution campaign of thousands of Tibetan citizens in exile who practice a 400 year old tradition where one prays to the Buddhist deity Dorje Shugden.”

Their statement also talks of the Dalai Lama having imposed an “aggressive and forced ban” on the Shugden religious community, by claiming his health and the cause of Tibet are harmed by their prayers.

According to the Community, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who himself practiced the religion for 40 years, has committed human rights abuse and religious persecution.

They liken their situation as being akin to 19-20th Century US and European racial segregation laws and bans. Shop window, restaurant, and medical facility signs ask people of the Shugden faith not to enter, they say.

The Shugden Community support Norwegian politicians’ decision not to meet the Dalai Lama. South African Bishop Desmond Tutu has admonished the government for this.

The Foreigner spoke with International Shugden Community spokesperson Len Foley by phone last week while he was in the US. Mr Foley is now in Oslo to join the protests.

“We agree with the Norwegian government's decision not to meet the Dalai Lama, and it has nothing to do with China, or Chinese views of the Dalai Lama,” he told us. “The Dalai Lama has engaged in religious discrimination, ruthlessly suppressing what he regards as religious dissent among Tibetan Buddhists and by extension thousands of Buddhists around the world for the past 20 years.”

The spokesperson also talked of the practising their faith leading to methods which include “forced recantation”, and “ostracism, and banishment from the Tibetan community”.

“Norway should not only refuse to meet him but should demand that he be held accountable for his actions of religious persecution and human rights abuses amongst his own people,” concluded Mr Foley.

This week’s protests include one on Wednesday 7th May between 11:30am and 3:30pm outside Oslo’s Nobel Institute, and on Youngstorget near Folketeateret between 1pm and 4:30pm, Friday.




Published on Tuesday, 6th May, 2014 at 21:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th May 2014 at 19:25.

This post has the following tags: dalailama, china, norway, oslo.





  
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