This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member azzayindia who was on the scene.
Tibetan women protest march on 50th yr.uprising in mussoorie
In observance of the 50th founding anniversary of National Tibetan Women uprising day against China the Tibetan women of Mussoorie in large numbers marched under the banner of Tibetan Women’s Association Mussoorie amidst the chants of “BOD GYALO” (We want freedom)” the women including the girl students from central school of Tibetan along with Tibetan Home Foundation with Flags of Tibet Fluttering in the hands began their march from central School for Tibetans premises till Gandhi Chowk in Mussoorie.The Tibetan women offered prayers and observed one minute silence in memory of all martyred souls in last years uprising. The Tibetan Women Association members remembered Thousands of Tibetan women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Tibet and expressed their solidarity with the sisters inside Tibet who in past fifty years have suffered repression and ill-treatment and have endured valiantly the torment separation from their most beloved leader and government.
The general secretary of “Tibetan Women Association” Neema Dolkar said on the occasion that The Tibetan women association has worked increasingly to mobilize the political struggle and to preserve and promote Tibetan culture and religion.TWA has played major role in building and sustaining the identity of Tibetan women and serves to instill within women the spirit of dedication both to Tibet and the next generation.
Dolma secretary of the Tibetan women association said that the year 2008 bore the witness to an unprecedented uprising, and spontaneous expression of the universal human desire for freedom that saw brave brothers and sisters from all corners of Tibet rise up in peaceful protest against repression and injustice. She also said that to commemorate fifty years of unrelenting peaceful resistance against the illegal occupation of Tibet, beginning on march 12 TWA will mark 2009 as ‘International Year of Tibetan women accompanied by photo exhibitions ,book launch and documentary screening to be held at “Tsuglakhang” the temple of His Holiness Dalai Lama.
She further said that the Tibetan Women believed that they have contributed with positive changes within social, religious, cultural and political affairs and feel that these achievements should not only be recognized but also documented for posterity. The photo exhibition will allow for the first time a true portrayal of the “Fifty Years of Tibetan Women in the Tibetan Freedom Struggle. The exhibition will travel to Europe, America and Australia and will be displayed and screened at 49 regional TWA chapters across globe. She concluded by thanking the people of India for their support and providing the Tibetan community with the safe haven however the repressive policies of China remain unchanged and more international support was required in this regard. She appealed on behalf of the Tibetan Women’s Association Mussoorie to the international community and champions of Human Rights cause to Join in the fight for justice and freedom not only i9n Tibet but any regime across the world where the women’s body is ruled by the state. She also reiterated the fact that the middle approach envisioned and outlined By His Holiness Dalai Lama will benefit the whole of Asia politically and environmentally and will contribute fundamentally to the world peace. The gathering dispersed after singing the national anthem of Tibet and India respectively. Phurbu President Tibetan Youth Congress, Tsering Dhenden Tashi Dolma, Phurbu Vice President, Tsering Cheden, Tashi Lhamo,Dolma,Neema Dolkar and others were present on the occasion.
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