The National Director of Students for a Free Tibet-India, Dorjee Tseten was invited to Taiwan for a ‘Free Tibet Festival’ organized by Taiwan Friends of Tibet and Black Eyes Performance Lab from 1st to 11th March 2012.
Under this Festival there were a number of talks, film screening, Tibetan cultural dance and theatre performance in Taipei city and a speaking tour in around eight Universities.
Mr. Tseten delivered a talk on ‘Youth Activism and Global Free Tibet campaign’ at the festival venue Café Philo on 4thmarch and traveled around four major universities which included National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Dong Hwa University and National Chengkung University.
It was a great opportunity to meet lots of young Taiwanese students and professors and to introduce the Tibetan Freedom movement. This visit was a great success in building stronger Tibet support groups among the younger generations and to strengthen Taiwan and Tibet relations.
At the festival, members of Taiwan Friends of Tibet and speakers from Dharamsala had an opportunity to meet around ten Legislative members of Taiwan which include members from Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan Solidarity Union and KMT party to highlight the self immolation issue and the ongoing critical situation in Tibet. The Legislative members then tabled the issue of Tibet by raising the Tibetan flag during the Parliament session and criticized China’s military crackdown in Tibet and urged Taiwan’s ruling Government to raise strong voice for Tibet.
On 10th March, the Tibetan National Uprising day, hundreds of Tibetans and Taiwanese supporters lead a protest march in the main street of Taipei City. Many of the legislative members also joined the protest march and delivered a strong statement in support of Tibet.http://www.thetibetpost.com/en/news/international/2398-hundreds-of-tibetans-and-taiwanese-commemorate-uprising-of-1959
There was a special meeting with members of SFT-Taiwan for strengthening our SFT network in Taiwan and building stronger relations with Dharamsala, the political hub of Tibetans in Exile.
Like previous years, Taiwan Friends for Tibet and SFT-India agreed to organize Taiwan University students exchange program in Dharamsala this summer.
SFT-India would like to thank the organizers of the Free Tibet Festival and look forward to more of such Tibet awareness programs and Free Tibet campaign in Taiwan.