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Global demonstrations mark Tibetan uprising day

March 12, 2010

By rabbleTV
March 10, 2010

Thousands of Tibetans and Tibet supporters in dozens of countries took to
the streets today, March 10th, to commemorate the 51st anniversary of
Tibetan National Uprising Day and to show solidarity with a new nonviolent
resistance movement gaining momentum in Tibet.

The video posted below showcases the Toronto march.

Today also marks two years since monks began protest marches in Lhasa,
Tibet's capital, that sparked the largest uprising against Chinese rule in
Tibet since 1959. Chinese security forces are now a permanent presence in
Tibetan towns and villages and a new "Strike Hard" campaign was launched in
Lhasa in advance of this sensitive anniversary with hundreds of Tibetans
being interrogated and harassed in recent days.

Tibetans and Tibet supporters in at least 100 cities worldwide, including in
the USA, Belgium, Poland, UK, France, Germany, India, Australia, and Taiwan
are marking the historic day fifty-one years ago - when Tibetans rose
against Chinese rule - with protests, marches, candle light vigils, and
government lobbying initiatives. In response to a new "I am Tibetan"
campaign originating from Tibet, Tibetans in exile will also be recording
messages of support dedicated to Tibetans living inside Tibet as part of
their Tibetan National Uprising Day activities (1).

"In spite of China's repression, there is a powerful new movement being led
by the young generation inside Tibet. They are using creative, non-violent
tactics to empower themselves and their communities and to challenge Chinese
rule," said Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet.
"March 10th is a day for Tibetans everywhere to be proud of being Tibetan -
proud of our ancestors who died protecting our homeland, proud of our
brothers and sisters inside Tibet who continue to resist Chinese oppression,
and proud of the new generation of Tibetans who are raising the flag of
Tibetan freedom around the world."

China has heightened security in Tibet in advance of today's anniversary
with journalists and most foreigners effectively barred from the region.
Tibet advocates have also noted increased efforts by the Chinese government
to silence international support for Tibet in recent days. Tibetan refugees
have been preemptively arrested in Nepal, and in the United States, Chinese
officials have attempted without success to pressure municipal governments
to revoke annual proclamations of support for Tibet.

"As the Chinese government continues its brutal repression inside Tibet, we
call on leaders of free countries to take new, bold and coordinated
approaches to help secure a just and fair resolution for the Tibetan
people," said Kate Woznow, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet."

(1) Examples of the "I am Tibetan" movement include a homemade video from
eastern Tibet posted to YouTube in late December, 2009 titled "I am Tibetan"
as well as poems and a hip hop music video posted online by Tibetans that
have been translated here:
http://www.highpeakspureearth.com/2010/03/new-generation-hip-hop-music-v...
and here:
http://www.highpeakspureearth.com/2010/02/i-am-tibetan-by-woeser.html
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