Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday led mass prayers for the four Tibetans who were said to be executed by the Chinese government last Tuesday for their alleged role in the 2008 anti-China unrest in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.
The prayers were offered during the launch of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's biography at the Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute. His Eminence the 102nd Gaden Tripa Thubten Nyima Lungtok Tenzin Norbu, His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, His Eminence the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima and a battery of senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration joined the prayers.
In his condolence message to the victims and their family members, the Dalai Lama expressed his "deep sadness" over the death sentences to the Tibetans.
Four Tibetans - Lobsang Gyaltsen, aged 27, born in Lhasa, Loyak, aged 25, of Tashi Khang, Shol Township, Lhasa and Penkyi, aged 21 - were executed on 20 October. The identity of the fourth person is still unknown.
The Dalai Lama also expressed sympathy and offered prayers for those people who were killed during recent unrest in Xinjinag and those killed and injured in Sunday’s twin bomb blasts in Iraq’s capital Baghdad. According to media reports the deadly blasts claimed at least 132 lives and wounded 520 people.
Information for this report provided by Tinetnet and Phayul.