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A Note To Journalists On Tibet Uprising Day

A Note To Journalists On Tibet Uprising Day
Tibetan Youth Congress Mobilized In Delhi on March 10, 2019

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Today is the commemoration of the Lhasa Uprisings of 1959, 1987-89 and 2008 when Tibetans took to the streets to oppose Chinese rule, at a disturbing cost to lives and individual freedom. The response from China’s regime was brutal, mass arrests, torture, Tibetans gunned-down, the record of these protests is bloody indeed.

After the March 10 1959 uprising the Chinese regime was quick to forge the narrative of a failed rebellion, releasing staged footage of Tibetans surrendering and laying down rifles. It was a story taken up by global media and decades later remains a journalistic cliché when reporting on the event.

A Note To Journalists On Tibet Uprising Day
Tibetans Gather In Melbourne For March 10 Protest 2019

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No doubt this brings a warm glow of satisfaction to China’s Ministry of Propaganda, yet in consistently framing events in Lhasa on that day as a failure journalists are offering a slanted and less than complete account. For example in focusing on the military supremacy of China’s troops the courage, determination of Tibetans is ignored.

Yet it was their resistance and heroism which organized and protected the Dalai Lama’s journey into exile. That action resulted in the establishment of the exiled Tibetan government, creation of Tibetan settlements in India and the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture for the tens of thousands of Tibetans who followed their leader across the Himalaya.

A Note To Journalists On Tibet Uprising Day
Awesome Support For Tibet In Japan March 10 2019

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Moreover armed resistance to Chinese rule had predated the Lhasa Uprising (Tibetans inflicting significant  losses on China’s army), this guerilla movement continued until the 1970s, only to be betrayed by then President Nixon and his advisor Henry Kissinger.

A Note To Journalists On Tibet Uprising Day
Tibetans Get Ready For March 10 Brussels Rally, 2019

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In truth the Tibetan spirit of defiance for Tibet’s national freedom was not defeated in Lhasa on March 10 1959, as evidenced by the continuence of the struggle, and revealed in mass-demonstrations of the 1980s and during 2008. This is not a failure, but a response of determination, bravery and hope. Such commitment continues today as Tibetans and their supporters around the world come together to raise the national flag of Tibet.

A Note To Journalists On Tibet Uprising Day
Raising Tibet’s Flag At Tibetan Youth Congress March, Delhi March 10 2019

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Journalists who write on this matter need to be mindful of these factors and think carefully about uncritically repeating China’s official line on events in Lhasa at that time. Is it really about being ‘balanced’ when talking of a ‘failed uprising’, minus important factual context? We wonder if the same correspondents and news agencies consistently describe the United States involvements in Afghanistan or Vietnam as ‘failed military campaigns’?

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March 10 Action For Tibet At Your Fingertips

March 10 Action For Tibet At Your Fingertips

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To anyone who would like to spend a few minutes online in support of Tibet’s just cause then we’ve excellent news for you!

March 10 is the Commemoration of the Lhasa Uprising of 1959, an important date within the Tibetan calendar.

It serves as a focal point to remember all those Tibetans who have given so much for Tibet’s national freedom and provides an opportunity for the exiled Tibetan community to remind the world about the plight of occupied Tibet and the hopes of its people to be free from Chinese occupation and tyranny.

Now not everyone can make it to their nearest Tibet rally, of which there will be many world-wide on that day. But there is an action you could take that’s in total solidarity with the March 10 protests.

With a few swipes and taps of the screen you can ensure that the the political aspirations of the Tibetan people reaches your political representative and government. This is critically important, as many within the political establishment are either unaware or misinformed about Tibet. Ask yourself, does your representative realize that Tibet was an independent nation, which has been illegally occupied? Let them know between now and March 10.

We’ve provided all the information needed in a Tibet Action Pack, it’s simple, will take only a few online moments, yet is powerful and critical information that presents the facts on Tibet’s independence and also poses an important question.

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Tibet Youth Congress Issues Call To Action On Lhasa Uprising Commemoration

Tibetan Youth Congress President, Tenzing Jigme

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The Tibetan Youth Congress the largest exiled Tibetan organization dedicated to Tibet’s independence unveiled at a press conference, held yesterday in Dharamsala, Northern India, plans for three days of rallies, a peace march and vigil in Delhi to commemorate the 60th Lhasa Uprising on March 10, 2019.

“Tibet is in a critical state and at this moment in history, it is imperative for us to come together united in our stand for our nation and our people. Let us make our voices heard for our brothers and sisters inside Tibet,” said TYC President Tenzing Jigme