BY GRAEME WOOD, VANCOUVER SUN
VANCOUVER — A small crowd of dedicated Dalai Lama supporters greeted the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader upon his arrival at the Shangri-La hotel in downtown Vancouver Saturday evening.
The Dalai Lama is in Vancouver for four days to co-host the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit.
“We’re here to acknowledge his presence and we’re proud to be here to witness this event,” said Pema Wamgchen, 35, who is Buddhist and came to Vancouver from Tibet seven years ago.
The crowd of about 100 people consisted mostly of Tibetan-Canadians and Buddhists. Many said the peace conference is an opportunity to raise awareness of China’s 49-year occupation of Tibet.
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