March 10 Protests in India

Dharamsala –  Across India, Students for a Free Tibet chapters took to the streets on March 10 to mark the 53rd National Uprising Day of Tibet. Tibetans and supporters in 30 different countries across the world were protesting China’s invasion and occupation of Tibet, as tens of thousands of Tibetans did in 1959. In India, protests were happening in Bangalore, Kolkatta, Delhi and many other cities.

Thousands of Tibetans and supporters were marching on the streets in Dharamsala. Source: phayul.com

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SFT members in Pune held a candle vigil in the center of the city. Source: SFT India

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SFT chapter in Kolkatta on the streets. Source: SFT India

Leading up to March 10, Students for a Free Tibet – India was calling on all Indians to join Tibetans and their supporters on the streets and march with them for freedom in Tibet. Watch our inspirational video:

 

The protests were calling attention to the growing desperation of Tibetans inside Tibet. Since January 2012, 13 Tibetan monks, nuns and lay people in eastern Tibet have set themselves alight in protest, calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. In total, 28 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet since 2009, at least 20 of whom have died, including Rinchen, a mother of four children. Peaceful protests in the last few months were brutally suppressed and at least five Tibetans have died as a result of this repression.

Here in India, Students for a Free Tibet is trying to bring attention to this growing tragedy and support Tibetans inside Tibet in their cry for freedom. So, we are calling out for global intervention now to save Tibetan lives! Help us reach 50,000 signatures on the global petition to say Enough! http://standupfortibet.org

Students in Delhi demanding global intervention to save Tibetan lives. Source: SFT India

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About INDIA: Stand Up for Tibet-Petition

Please sign this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today. We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. National wide Candle Light Vigil wil be organised by our Indian Members and supporters in all the Indian major cities that day. Tibet Needs You Now! Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters. Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength. To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
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