Tibetans and other rights groups in Taiwan held a press conference on March 2 in front of the Parliament Building in Taipei to announce their protest program to commemorate the March 10 Tibetan uprising. Tibetan Uprising Day, celebrated annually on March 10, will mark the 62nd anniversary this year to commemorate the peaceful 1959 Tibetan uprising against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.
Besides the representative of the Dalai Lama’s office, Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa, several parliamentarians, including ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) MPs Dr. Lin Ching-yi and Hung Sun-han; and New Power MP Claire Wang attended the press conference. Additionally, a major protest demonstration is planned for Saturday, March 5 to draw attention to the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Tibetans and other minority groups. The suppression of minorities and other dissenting voices has become the norm in China, and even during the Winter Olympics Chinese authorities have continued to arrest activists. A bicycle rally was also organized on March 2, with a Tibetan flag and Free Tibet banners. Protesters recalled the brutal torture of Tibetans that led to the world’s largest exile.
Organizers plan to hold cycling rallies in different parts of Taiwan, including Taipei, Kaohsiung and Hualien to raise awareness of the issues, apart from major protests in Taipei on March 5 and 10. (ANI)
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