RALLY AND MARCH IN SAINT PAUL TO COMMEMORATE 51ST ANNIVERSARY OF TIBETAN NATIONAL UPRISING
WHAT: 51st Tibetan National Uprising Day
WHERE: State Capitol, St Paul, Minnesota (Followed by a march around downtown St Paul)
WHO: Unprecedented gathering of local Tibetans and supporters
WHEN: 09:30 a.m. till Noon on March 10, 2010
St Paul, Minnesota – Tibetans and their supporters will take to the streets on March 10, 2010 to stand in solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet and to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising against China’s illegal occupation, when the Dalai Lama was forced to flee into exile. The Chinese government has reportedly launched a “Strike Hard” campaign in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital and in surrounding areas to try to intimidate and suppress Tibetans in the lead up to this sensitive anniversary. Protests by Tibetan monks two years ago on March 10th sparked a nation-wide uprising against Chinese rule, months before China hosted city to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Street mobilizations are planned in dozens of cities worldwide to commemorate more than five decades of Tibetans’ courageous resistance and to show support for a powerful, new non-violent resistance movement being led by the younger generation of Tibetans inside Tibet to challenge China’s rule of their homeland. Exiled Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the world are also demanding multilateral pressure from global governments to pressure Chinese leaders to end their occupation of Tibet.
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Students for Free Tibet and Regional Tibetan Youth Congress are calling on the US government to help broker a just and lasting resolution for Tibet.
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