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Dalai Lama welcomed at European Parliament

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 00:49

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is welcomed at the European Parliament by President Martin Schulz. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Dalai Lama visited Strasbourg on Thursday (September 15), on his tour of Europe, and was welcomed by European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader also traveled to Brussels and Paris, where he was not officially received by the respective governments. The 14th Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, fled to India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule. Exiled Tibetan groups are campaigning for the return of the Dalai Lama and self-rule for their region. The leader has been branded by Beijing as a violence-seeking separatist, a charge he denies. Official receptions of the Dalai Lama, such as one with Obama in 2014, have irked the Chinese government. A planned event at the prestigious Sciences Po University, where the spiritual leader was originally slated to speak, was cancelled. The university said it was "redundant," as the Dalai Lama was scheduled to meet with Paris's religious community elsewhere.

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Dalai Lama welcomed at European Parliament

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 00:49