RELIGION
08/18/2014 02:35 pm ET Updated Aug 21, 2014

Exiled Tibetan Monks Join Ferguson Protestors To Support Justice For Mike Brown

The fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9 has sent shockwaves not just through the nation, but throughout the globe. Photos of the clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, Missouri, could be easily mistaken for a war zone, as tear gas, molotov cocktails, and tanks fill the town's streets.

The situation is so dire that a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks have reportedly traveled to Ferguson all the way from India, where they live in exile, in order to advocate for justice for Michael Brown, according to Alderman Antonio French.

Amy Nelson, contributing editor of Animal New York, added, "Amazing scene here at QuickTrip: exiled Tibetan monks here & people are in awe, hugging them, wanting photos."

The monks joined the protestors and stood with their hands up, the gesture for surrender that has become the rallying symbol for those demanding justice for Michael Brown.

Six monks came to Ferguson accompanied by two unidentified Tibetans, reported the International Business Times.

Grant R. Doty, a civil liberties attorney from St. Louis, posted photos of people shaking hands with the monks.

Response to the monks' presence has been moving.

Let's hope that Ferguson takes heed of their important message of peace and justice.

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