Tibet protestors march through London

11th March 2013

More than 500 Tibetans and Tibet supporters marched through central London yesterday to mark the 54th anniversary of the national uprising in Tibet.

On March 10 1959 thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa to protest against China's invasion of their country.

March 10 2008 saw protests sweep over the Tibetan plateau once more, beginning the most widespread opposition to China’s occupation.

And in 2013 protestors in more than 30 countries again demonstrated their disgust at China's continued occupation and its escalating crackdown in Tibet, anti-Dalai Lama propaganda and criminalisation of Tibetan protests.

107 self-immolations

All of these increasingly repressive actions are exacerbating tensions in Tibet. 107 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009 in protest at China's policies.

The London protestors gathered opposite 10 Downing Street and submitted a letter to David Cameron, urging him to speak up for the Tibetan people and make a public statement of concern.

The march then proceeded to the Chinese Embassy on Portland Place, where a delegation attempted to deliver a letter, imploring the Chinese to end their occupation, to Ambassador Liu Xiaoming.

The rally outside the embassy was addressed by speakers including Tim Loughton MP, a former minister and long-standing Tibet supporter, who was banned from meeting the Dalai Lama by Mr Cameron last year.

Tibet Lobby

The annual Tibet Lobby takes place this Wednesday March 13, when Tibet supporters will call on their MP to encourage the British government to take action to end the on-going crisis in Tibet.

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