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DPP designates March 10 as Tibet Day

March 6, 2009

By Y.L. Kao
Central News Agency (Taiwan)
March 5, 2009

Taipei, March 5 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has passed a resolution designating March 10 as Tibet Day and specifying that it will be observed in cities and counties around the country that are governed by the party, DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang said Thursday.

DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will attend activities geared toward supporting the cause of the Tibetan people and protesting against what the DPP sees as infringements on their political and human rights, Cheng said.

The announcement came after a DPP meeting at which Tseng Chien-yuan, one of the leaders of the civic group Taiwan Friends of Tibet, gave a report on the current human rights situation in Tibet.

This year, Tibetans in Taiwan canceled Losar -- celebrations of the Tibetan New Year which fell on Feb. 26 -- in protest of the violent crackdown on anti-China demonstrations on March 14 last year.

Tibetans are marking the 50th anniversary this year of the failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that forced the Dalai Lama, their spiritual leader, to flee into exile in India.
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