2 February 2017
Taipei, Taiwan: Nearly 30 cyclists made a tour of Taipei yesterday morning as part of efforts to raised awareness ahead of the annual March to commemorate the Tibetan National Uprising Day next month.
Aimed to generate momentum for greater awareness and participation, the cycling will continue every Wednesday until March 10.
Shouting for a Free Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, the group of Tibetan and Taiwanese cyclists gathered at the 228 Memorial Park and set off on a route which took them by the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall’s Liberty Square, the Legislative Yuan building, the offices of the Cross-Strait Economic and Cultural Interchange Association and Taipei 101.
When the cyclists reached the Liberty Square, legislator Freddy Lim, the president of the Taiwan Parliamentary Group for Tibet, addressed the press by saying that Taiwan is a democratic country and at a time when the entire world is paying attention to the plight of refugees, we must all join hands in helping others.
The cycling campaign was organized by the Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan with the active participation of Taiwan Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Taiwan Human Rights Association, Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association and the regional chapter of Tibetan Youth Congress.
The cyclists concluded their ride at Taipei 101, where they distributed fliers and delivered speeches addressed to the Chinese tourists.
Tashi Tsering, the founder of the Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan, who is also the president of the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, has been quoted as saying that “We hope Chinese can come to understand the true situation in Tibet. Because there is no way to protest like this in China, we want to represent Tibetans with our cycling.”
He further said that “as a build up to the commemoration of the Tibetan Uprising Day, we are going to organize a cycling tour every Wednesday, the day of Lhakar, to spread awareness about Tibet.”
Wednesdays are observed by Tibetans worldwide as Lhakar, the “soul day” of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Taiwan –