DHARAMSHALA: The Department of Religion and Culture of Central Tibetan Administration, held an hour-long prayer service this morning, in remembrance of the sacrifices made by the peaceful Tibetan demonstrators who took part in the protests of 1989 in Tibet.
Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected political leader of the Tibetan people, attended the prayer service along with the members of Kashag, Tibetan Parliamentarians, Tibetan Justice Commissioners, Tibetan civil servants, monks of Namgyal Monastery and the local Tibetan community.
The prayer service is held annually on 8 March to recall and pay tribute to those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives and limb for the greater cause of Tibet.
The demonstrations of 1989 began after a group of monks, nuns, and laypeople took to the streets to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. Hundreds of peaceful Tibetan demonstrators were killed after Chinese authorities declared martial law on 8 March 1989 and opened indiscriminate firing.