Global Demos Mark Tibet Uprising Anniversary
Demonstrations have been held around the world to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Tibet's failed uprising against Chinese rule.
Human rights activists and exiled Tibetans rallied in places including Canberra, Tokyo, New York, Toronto and Kathmandu.
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, delivered a harsh attack on China in a speech marking the anniversary. NowPublic member Zeet reported on the speech, in which the Dalai Lama said: "The Tibetan people are regarded like criminals, deserving to be put to death."
In Nepal hundreds of Tibetans joined a mass prayer at Samten Ling monastery in Boudha, east of Kathmandu.
Following the service some participants shouted slogans in favour of Tibetan independence, but were quickly confronted by police despite the peaceful nature of their action. Clashes and arrests soon followed.
China’s Xinhua news agency reported the event, but was silent about other rallies around the world.
In Delhi, Tibetans began a hunger strike to mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising.
Shouting slogans like 'Indian Government support us',' Indian people support us',' Free Tibet... Shame on China', around 200 activists also organised a&apospadayatra'(walk) from Raj Ghat to the protest site at Jantar Mantar. The hunger strike, organised by Tibetan Youth Congress which started this morning, will last "50 hours, 50 minutes and 50 seconds". The protestors also asked the United Nations to exert meaningful influence on China on the Tibet issue and release of the Panchen Lama.
NowPublic member azzayindia reported on a protest in Mussoorie, India:
Tibetan community was out in numbers in mussoorie to mark the 50th year of the uprising in Tibet in 1959 which resulted in Chinese occupation and exile of His Holiness Dalai Lama to India.
Toronto, Canada is home to the world's largest expatriate community of Tibetans outside Nepal and India.
Some 3,500 Tibetans were marching in the city to the Chinese Embassy on Tuesday.
Bhutila Karpoche, a spokeswoman for the march, says it's important to mark this day to show solidarity with Tibetans.
The 25-year-old, who was born in a Nepalese refugee camp, says he hopes the march will help continue putting pressure on governments to help Tibet regain freedom.
Switzerland is home to 3,500 Tibetans - the largest Tibetan population in Europe. More than 2,000 Tibetans gathered in the Swiss capital Bern on Tuesday.
After carrying flags and 50 coffins to the Chinese embassy, where they sang the Tibetan national anthem and then held a minute's silence, they headed towards Parliament Square where they renewed calls for a free Tibet.
In Taiwan, home to more than 100 exiled Tibetans, activists marched in Kaohsiung City.
Waving Tibetan national flags, the marchers shouted “Support Freedom in Tibet” and demanded the Chinese government stop its persecution of Tibetans.
“Beijing has claimed that both Taiwan and Tibet are inseparable parts of China and look what has happened in Tibet. Taiwanese should show more empathy toward the Tibetan situation because we are on the same side,” said Jade Kuo (郭聖潔), secretary of the Taiwan Friends of Tibet (TFT), urging Beijing to open up the Tibetan border to allow access to foreign media.
“The only thing we ask from President Ma Ying-jeou [馬英九] is to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Taiwan because it would mean so much for his followers here,” she said.
In New York, hundreds of pro-Tibet protesters marched to the United Nations:
Demonstrators carrying a portrait of the Tibetan spiritual leader and wearing T-shirts saying "Tibet _ 50 years of resistance" marched Tuesday to the United Nations. They planned to move on to Times Square, the Chinese Consulate and other locales.
A Chinese Consulate spokesman says officials have taken security precautions but have no other response to the protests.