Tibetans in Minnesota join other expatriate communities around the world Saturday, in marking Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10.
Several hundred Tibetans and their supporters in Minnesota will join a global day of protest to mark and to demand an immediate end to China’s violent crackdown in Tibet. A 10 a.m. rally will be held at the State Capitol in St. Paul and includes a march to downtown to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet. Event detail is as follows.
In support of the Minnesota Tibetan community, city of St. Paul Mayor, Chris Coleman and the city of Minneapolis Mayor, RT Rybak have declared March 10 as Tibet Day in their respective city. The events come as three Tibetans, including a mother of four, have self-immolated in Tibet just days ahead of the 53rd anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising Day.
On March 10, 1959, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans rose up and demanded an end to China’s illegal invasion and occupation of their country, which continues to this day. At least twenty-six Tibetans have now set themselves on fire since 2009 in unprecedented acts of ultimate protest.
Supporters have called for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader forced to escape into exile on March 10, 1959. They claim Chinese security forces have responded to the self-immolations with ever greater repression and violence and by sealing off Tibet to foreigners and journalists ahead of the March 10th anniversary.
Four years ago, in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Tibetan monks sparked a nation-wide, non-violent uprising against Chinese rule over Tibet.
Minnesota’s protest on March 10th will be part of an international cry for justice that will be heard in more than 100 cities around the world. Tibetans and their supporters will be in the streets demanding an end of China’s occupation in Tibet.
Event organizers include Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Regional Tibetan Women Association, and Students for a Free Tibet. For information contact Tenzing Jigme at 612-232-0286 or Namgyal Dorjee at 763-245-9615.