(TibetanReview.net, Jun26, 2015) – The Municipality of Coulaures in the south-west French Department of Dourdogne has on Jun 20 adopted a village or town in Tibet to become the 65th municipality in France to make such gesture over the past several years. The event was organised by the Mayor Mrs Corinne Ducrocq and the members of the municipal council, said the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, on its Tibet.net website Jun 24.
The title of the Tibet.net statement named Darchen as the town or village that was adopted, although it was not clear in which part of Tibet it is located.
The statement said the “adoption” campaign was being spearheaded by the Association France-Tibet, one of the largest Tibet support Group in France, with “aims to garner grass-root political support for the Tibet cause, and to preserve the Tibetan cultural heritage in the face of massive and systematic sinicization of Tibetan places in Tibet”.
In her address, the mayor was stated to have expressed regret at the growing silence of the international community on the ongoing tragedy in Tibet. She has expressed support for “the rightful freedom of the Tibetan people and their basic human rights, and justice in the face of increasing political repression and cultural onslaught in Tibet”.