Tibetans mark 22nd anniversary of 11th Panchen Lama’s abduction

May 18, 2017

Hundreds of Tibetans took out a peaceful rally through the main streets of the city, demanding justice for Panchen Lama on Wednesday.

Tibetan Women’s Association and Tibetan Youth Congress organizations from Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Kollegal, assembled near the Mysuru Palace north gate. Tenzin Dolma, president of the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, said this rally marks the 22nd anniversary of the abduction and disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedun Choekyi Nyima. On this day in 1995, he was abducted by the Chinese government when he was only six years old, she said.

“He was recognized as a reincarnation of the predecessor of the Dalai Lama, within three days of the announcement of his abduction. As per the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, there are currently 2,000 Tibetan political prisoners.