Hundreds of Tibetans to protest in cities across the world
Hundreds of Tibetans and Tibet supporters in cities across the world will march on Tuesday 10 March to mark the anniversary of their national uprising and protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
In London, several hundred people are expected to gather at Downing Street at 11am where a vigil will be held. They will then march through the streets of central London to the Chinese embassy, where community leaders will give speeches, a minute’s silence will be observed and Tibetans will sing the Tibetan national anthem.The demonstration will end outside the Chinese embassy at 2:30pm. A commemoration event will then be held at Regent’s Hall in Oxford Street between 3pm and 5pm.
Other large gatherings are expected to take place in other cities, including Dharamsala in northern India, where the Dalai Lama and Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan government in exile are based.
Tibetans mark the anniversary of the 1959 uprising against Chinese rule every 10 March.
The 1959 uprising was prompted by Tibetan fears that the occupying Chinese authorities were planning to arrest and possibly assassinate the Dalai Lama, then a 23 year old. The Dalai Lama managed to escape during the uprising, which was met with a Chinese military crackdown that killed thousands of people.
The anniversary demonstrations will call for an end to the occupation, which is approaching 70 years, as well as the ongoing human rights abuses in Tibet under Chinese rule.
The London demonstration has been organised by London based NGO Free Tibet, Tibet Society, Students for a Free Tibet UK and the Tibetan Community in the United Kingdom. Tibetans and representatives of the organising Tibet groups will be available to talk to the press at the event. See below for contact details.
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Contacts (available for interview):
John Jones, Free Tibet