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Washington State & Seattle City Declares March 10, 2009 as Tibet Day

March 8, 2009

March 7, 2009

Seattle, March 7 -- The State of Washington and City of Seattle have issued proclamations to declare March 10, 2009 as Tibet Day. Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has lauded the contribution of Tibetan Americans in social, artistic and economic vitality of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. The proclamation appreciated the Tibetan Americans 'providing leadership in business, education, government, the arts, and other sectors of daily life.
The Mayor Greg Nickels praised the roles of the Tibetan Community in shaping the city's history, economy and culture by sharing their values and tradition of freedom, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and community service.

For the Tibetan-Americans, there is no word that adequately captures the significance of March 10, said Tashi Namgyal, President of Tibetan Association of Washington.

On March 10, 1959, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans in Tibet rose up in Lhasa, the Capital of Tibet, to protest China 's invasion.

"For the generation of Tibetans born and raised in exile, March 10 connects them to the country and to the Tibetan political struggle. For the senior Tibetans who were forced to flee Tibet, March 10 serves a painful reminder of the land and their loved ones they were forced to leave behind. To the Tibetans inside Tibet, March 10 marks yet another year under occupation without their basic human rights and freedom,” Tashi said.

Tibetan Americans and supporters of Tibet in the Washington state area will travel to Vancouver BC on Tuesday, March 10 to join a rally at the Chinese Consulate. The Canadian Tibetan Committee, the BC Tibet support community and Tibetan Association of Washington will jointly organize protests on the day.

"The Tibetan community of Washington strongly calls upon President Barrack Obama to take concrete action on Tibet, to rekindle the hope of the Tibetan people," said Tashi Namgyal.
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