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TIBET 1950-2010: 60 years of occupation

March 7, 2010

Coalition of UK Tibet Support Groups (UK TSG)
March 5, 2010

[London, UK, Friday 5 March]

Events in London to commemorate the 51st
Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising in Lhasa

Saturday 6 March: Tibet Freedom March & Rally

Wednesday 10 March: Protest opposite Chinese Embassy

Wednesday 10 March: Wreath laying at Memorial to
Innocent Victims, Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 10 March: Mass Lobby for Tibet at House of Commons, Westminster

Further details below

March assembly point: Opposite Chinese Embassy,
49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL
Time: Assemble 11.00am. March commences 11.30.

Organised by a coalition of UK Tibet groups, this
annual freedom march for Tibet marks the 51st
Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising. It
is two years on from the protests and
demonstrations in Tibet in the spring of 2008,
that led to the death of over 200 Tibetans, with
thousands more detained, summarily tried and
draconian sentences being meted out. Two young
Tibetans, Lobsang Gyaltsen and Mr Loyak, received
death sentences and were executed in October
2009. Today over 1,000 Tibetans remain
unaccounted for. This march will be one of many being staged worldwide.

Key messages: "Tibetans have no voice in Tibet";
"China: stop silencing Tibetans"; "Britain: stand
up for Tibetans in Tibet"; "Stop the torture in
Tibet"; Tibetans’ messages: "China stole my land, my voice, my freedom".

Rally outside Foreign Office, King Charles Street: from approx 12.45pm.

Speakers to include representatives of the
Tibetan community. At the beginning of the march
a letter from the coalition groups will be
delivered to the new Chinese Ambassador. A letter
to the Prime Minister will be delivered to 10 Downing Street.

Wednesday 10 March: PROTEST

Opposite Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JL
Time: 11.00am-12.00pm

A protest outside the Chinese Embassy to mark the
51st Anniversary of the Tibetan National
Uprising, 60 years of occupation and the
continuing repression and subjugation of Tibet.
The 10 March message from the Dalai Lama will be read out.


Memorial to Innocent Victims, outside the Great West Door, Westminster Abbey
Time: 1.45pm

A wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of those
who have lost their lives or suffered torture and
imprisonment as a result of China’s occupation of
Tibet since 1950. The service will be conducted
by Canon Robert Wright from Westminster Abbey and
Geshe Tashi Tsering from Jamyang Buddhist Centre.
(Arranged by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet and Tibet Society).

Central Lobby, House of Commons, Westminster
Time: from 2.30pm

Following from the very successful inaugural
Tibet Mass Lobby in 2009, a coalition of UK Tibet
groups have organised a second Tibet Lobby at
Westminster to commemorate the Uprising and call
on MPs to take action on their constituents’
urgent concerns about Tibet.  For further details
on the Lobby and the Lobby Asks please contact
members of the coalition as shown below.

Background Notes to editors
Coalition of UK Tibet groups:

Tibet Society ; Philippa
Carrick, ; 020 7272 1414

Free Tibet ; Matt Whitticase, ; 020 7324 4605

Students for a Free Tibet ; Padma
Dolma,; 07826 079 646

Tibetan Youth UK ; Karma
Chura-tsang, ; 07725 501 995

Tibetan Community in
Britain ; Pempa
Lobsang,  07725 054 471
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