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Tibetans mark grim anniversary of Chinese occupation on eve of Dalai Lama's visit to Ottawa

March 10, 2004

OTTAWA – Tibetans and their Canadian supporters mark a grim anniversary today in Canada’s capital city, in the form of a peaceful march from Parliament Hill to the Chinese Embassy. March 10 is symbolically recognized by Tibetans as the day their country was lost to China. On this day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans rose up in Tibet’s capital city Lhasa, in an attempt to liberate themselves from the Communist Chinese occupation. The People’s Liberation Army crushed the revolt, killing thousands of Tibetans and driving His Holiness the Dalai Lama and one hundred thousand Tibetans from their homeland.

For Tibetans worldwide, this is a day with deep meaning, as it reminds them of their homeland, their escape, the friends and family members that they lost or were separated from, and the torture of Tibetans still in Tibet under Chinese rule. Despite growing public support, it reminds them that the situation in Tibet has not improved over the last 45 years due in large part to a lack of political action against China.

For Tibetans in Canada, this year’s anniversary of the Lhasa Uprising has additional significance: it is being commemorated only a month before His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Ottawa for the first time in more than a decade.

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama visits Ottawa at the invitation of the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC). He will be thanking more than 130 Members of Parliament who have urged the Prime Minister of Canada to broker a negotiated solution between representatives of the Dalai Lama and China. Paul Martin has not yet responded to these requests nor has confirmed that he will meet with the Dalai Lama next month.

The Canada Tibet Committee is a non-governmental organization of Tibetans and non-Tibetans in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.

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March 10th Anniversary itinerary attached.

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Tibetan refugees and supporters from Ottawa and Montreal and supporters. Organized by The Canada Tibet Committee.

What, When and Where:
1:00pm - Parliament Hill
· Reading of the Dalai Lama's March 10 statement
· Parliamentarian address and-or statements of support
· Long life prayers for the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama (14 yr. old Gendun Choekyi Nyima, missing since 1995, then 6 years old)
· Tibetan national anthem (banned inside Tibet)

2:00-2:30 - March to the Human Rights Monument (corner of Elgin and Lisgar)
· originally dedicated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1990

2:30-3:00 - Circumambulation of the International Monument to Human Rights

3:00-3:30 – March to the Chinese Embassy (515 St. Patrick St.)
· March down Rideau Street to King Edward and then Old St. Patrick to the Embassy.

3:30-4:30 – Pro-Negotiation Rally at the Chinese Embassy.

Dr. Brian Given
President, Canada Tibet Committee, Ottawa branch
Tel: 613-730-1953
Cell: 613-794-9996
· will be on site throughout March 10th activities

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