TAIPEI, Taiwan: About 300 people, including dozens of Tibetans, took part in a march in Taipei on Saturday to mark the 59th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day, calling for more religious freedom and cultural preservation in Tibet.
Holding placards that read “Tibet belongs to Tibetans” and chanting “The Dalai Lama wants to return home. We want to return home,” participants marched from Exit 2 of the Taipei Metro Zhongxiao Fuxing Station to Xinyi Plaza near the Taipei 101 skyscraper.
They made a stop at National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, where several participants prostrated themselves on the ground in the Tibetan Buddhist style to remind the world that more than 150 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 as an act of protest against Chinese repression.
Before the march, Representative Dawa Tsering read out the statement of Kashag, while legislature Yu Mei-nu and Kolas Yotaka also addressed the crowd expressing support for Tibet and the Tibetan people.
Among those who addressed the crowd also included the heads of various Taiwanese NGO’s and executive members of the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association and the Tibetan Youth Congress.
“We want religious freedom. We want cultural freedom. We want the freedom to protect our environment. This is the main purpose of our march today,” Tenzin Namdak, secretary of the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, was quoted as saying before the march.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Taiwan-