63rd Anniversary of National Uprising Day Celebrated by Tibetans in Exile

By Tenzin Lekdhen

DHARAMSHALA, March 10: The echoes of cries from 63 years ago in Lhasa against China’s invasion of Tibet still resonate in the streets today. Tibetans around the world marked the 63rd National Uprising Day today, filling the streets with anti-Chinese slogans and demands for human rights in Tibet.

The Tibetan Government in Exile (CTA) held an official ceremony commemorating the 63rd National Uprising Day in Tsukla-Khang. Sikyong (Chairman) Penpa Tsering addressed the crowd of our distinct history and culture, saying, “We cannot accept each other as one Chinese national. The Tibetan people have a distinct race descending from their original six ancestral tribes and a culture deeply influenced by Bon and Buddhism.

The Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE), in their respective press releases, mourned the deaths of Tibet‘s many martyrs and expressed their solidarity with the Ukrainian people in their continued efforts to resist the Russian invasion.

The ceremony was followed by a peace march organized by the five Dharamshala-based NGOs from the Dalai Lama temple to the Kacheri junction. NGOs in preparation for National Uprising Day and Women’s Uprising Day have in recent days painted about 50 shop shutters with “Free Tibet” slogans and murals. Slogans and spray-painted murals remind Tibetans of a collective struggle and raise awareness among the flocks of tourists who visit the famous hill station.

Tibetans in Dharamshala on the 63rd anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day at Kacheri Junction. March 10, 2022 (Phayul Photo/Tenzin Leckphel)

In New Delhi, around 70 Tibetan youth protesters stormed the Chinese Embassy to mark the 63rd anniversary of National Tibetan Uprising Day. All protesters were detained at Mandir Marg police station.

In London, hundreds of Tibetans and Tibet supporters marched to the Chinese Embassy to protest against China’s occupation of Tibet. In New York, the March 10 protest began in front of the UN. Students for a Free Tibet the night before projected images of Tsewang Norbu, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Rinchen Kyi and Go Sherab Gyatso in front of the Chinese consulate in New York. The New York-based NGO wrote: “Remember their names and share their stories. These are images of four Tibetans that the Chinese government wants you to forget.

Although every Tibetan community in India took part in a peace march or protest, one of the largest Tibetan settlements, the closest to Tibet, was reportedly eerily quiet except for a bureaucratic event. reading statements. Ladakh, according to dozens of social media posts, has refrained from observing any peace marches or rallies.

One Instagram user wrote, “It is a collective failure to reduce the commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day to an official function in Sonamling Settlement. Another frustrated user posted, “The number of self-immolations inside Tibet seems to be increasing year by year, but the response to the 63rd Tibetan Uprising Day by the administration of the Ladakh Tibetan refugee camp left us appalled”.

Colony officials reportedly said the required permit to demonstrate had been refused by local police authorities. But Phayul was told that the upcoming March 12 Women’s Uprising Day protest had received the necessary permit, and was informed that no officials approached the police to apply for a permit for the March 10 protest, according to a source who wishes to remain anonymous. The excuse, if true, still remains fishy given that the colony observed a peace rally last year despite fear of the pandemic.

On this day in 1959, when rumors of China’s plan to arrest the Dalai Lama spread, thousands of Tibetans flocked to the grounds of the Potala Palace to protest against China. Thousands of Tibetans were killed and injured by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in its attempt to quell the protest. Two days later, on March 12, Tibetan women would take to the streets of Lhasa to protest against China, following thousands of arrests on March 10. The violent crackdown by the Chinese military has resulted in the deaths of more than 85,000 Tibetans according to records of the Tibetan government in exile known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration.