The 17 the Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, on Monday appealed to the Chinese government and the international community to peacefully resolve the ongoing crisis at the Kirti monastery,a Tibetan settlement in Chinaâ€™s Sichuan province.
â€œI join his holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabche Kirti Rinpoche in their appeal to the Chinese government to resolve the current crisis in Ngaba,â€ said the Karmapa.
â€œThe Kirti monastery has been tense after the self-immolation and death of 20 year old monk Phuntsok in March this year.He was protesting against Beijing to mark the third anniversary of Tibetan protests held in 2008,â€ he said.
He said most recently two monks have been sentenced for participating in peaceful protests as Chinese security forces and police continue to blockade the monsatery,â€the Karmapa said in a statement released by his office in the hill town of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.
â€œThe frequent peaceful protests carried out by the Tibetans are symptoms of a broken and wounded people desperately crying for restoration of their cultural identity,religious and human rights,â€ he said.
He expressed his concern over the ongoing military seige by the Chinese regime of the Kirti monastery and the arrest of 300 monks and the death of two elderly residents due to police beatings.
He feared the situation could deteriorate into full-scale violence and cause harm to many unarmed Tibetans.
The Karmapa thanked the Indian government for giving him refuge in India since early 2000.
â€œI am not a Chinese spy,agent or plant in India.Tibet is under Communist Chinaâ€™s totalitarian regime. Unlike democratic India there is no religious freedom in China,â€the Karmapa said.
â€œThe Tibetans will never forget that India has generously given shelter to us during our greatest storm.
The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.He was in the news earlier this year after police allegedly recovered huge sums of unaccounted money from his monastery in Dharamsala.He and his office continue to deny the charge.
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