Hundreds of Tibetans meet in India to discuss self-immolation protests and Tibet’s future

Around 400 delegates have gathered in Dharamsala in northern India today for a four-day¬†Special General Meeting of Tibetans to discuss the future of Tibet and the growing number of self-immolation protests. Absent from the meeting is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who retired from political life last year; a portrait of him was carried during the opening procession. According to a Voice of America article¬†of this morning, “the meeting is expected to focus on the religious and political repression faced by those in Tibet, as well as ways to address the dozens of self-immolations over the last few years.”

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