On the 63rd anniversary of the Tibetan People’s National Uprising against China, the Santa Barbara Summit for Tibet and Friends of Tibet of Santa Barbara raised the Tibetan flag in front of the Santa Barbara County Administration Building on March 10 .
Thepo Tulku, a Tibetan lama and co-founder of the Tibet Summit, spoke about the impact of the Chinese occupation. China invaded and began to occupy Tibet in 1950, and although the 1959 uprising may have helped the current Dalai Lama to flee to India and seek asylum, over a million Tibetans have been killed and 98% of monasteries and nunneries destroyed under the Chinese regime. . Tulku compared the atrocities in Tibet to similar situations with China’s treatment of Uyghurs and Russia’s treatment of Ukraine. “Just as Ukraine is invaded by Russia, we must remember that China did the same 70 years ago in Tibet,” he said.
County Supervisor Das Williams also spoke briefly at the flag-raising ceremony, presenting Tulku with a resolution proclaiming March 10 as Tibet Day in Santa Barbara County. Williams also presented the resolution in 2021. Other speakers at the event included Julia Hamilton, a local activist and senior minister for the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, and Nancy Martin, education chair for the United Nations chapter. of Santa Barbara and Tri-County.
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