Desmond Tutu “Ashamed” of South African Government for Denying Dalai Lama Entry
Cape Town – Nobel Peace Laureate and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Wednesday lashed out at the government for “kowtowing” to China by barring the Dalai Lama from attending a global summit of fellow prizewinners in Cape Town.
Breaking his silence as the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates appeared to be on the point of collapse, Tutu said he was “ashamed to call this lickspitle bunch my government”.
South Africa denied Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader permission to attend the summit to avoid angering China, which regards the Buddhist monk as a campaigner for Tibetan independence.
The summit, scheduled for 13 to 15 October, was meant to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid and the legacy of the late first president, Nelson Mandela – also a Nobel peace prize winner.