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EXCLUSIVE: The Dalai Lama to visit Manchester summer 2012

EXCLUSIVE By Brendan McFadden

The Dalai Lama is to visit Manchester next summer as part of a UK visit.

Mancunian Matters can exclusively reveal that His Holiness, the spiritual leader of Tibet, will spend three days in the city next June, during which he is expected to hold a mass public event at the MEN Arena.

The Dalai Lama, who announced he was stepping down from frontline politics earlier this year, is also expected to visit London and Glasgow.

He was just 15 when he was appointed ‘head of state’ in 1950 after Chinese troops moved into Tibet. He fled his homeland in 1959 after the failed uprising.

Despite Beijing’s decades-long campaign to undermine his influence, he remains deeply revered by most Tibetans.

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