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