CANBERRA: Tibetans and supporters gathered in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day.
The commemoration was organised jointly by the Australian Tibetan Community Association and was attended by the Tibetan communities of Canberra, Nowra, Sydney and Newcastle.
The day began in the centre of Canberra city at Garema Place with speeches from Mr Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Ms Kyinzom Dhongdue, Australia Tibet Council Executive and Campaign Officer and Member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for Australasia and Asia, Professor John Powers of Deakin University and Dr Zhong Jin Jiang, President of Chinese Alliance for Democracy.
After the commemoration event, Tibetans and supporters marched to the Chinese embassy, chanting slogans for justice, human rights and freedom in Tibet.
At the embassy, supporters of Tibet and human rights advocates, including Professor Liu, ACT Branch President of Falun Dafa Association of Australia, Madam Zhang Due Due, Vice President of Federation for Democratic China, and Ms Sian Williamson, Amnesty International Australia, Community and Activist Media Organiser addressed the gathering.
Ms Sian Williamson spoke about Amnesty International’s commitment to shining the global spotlight on the Chinese government’s treatment of prisoners of conscience and human rights advocates in Tibet, such as Tashi Wangchuk.
‘When there is enough people to resist and voice their concerns peacefully, things will change,’ Professor Liu said. To the Tibetan community he said ‘I am one of you, I cannot return to the country that I love most.’ He said that ‘Tibetans have been suffering because of what the Chinese government has done. But the majority of the Chinese people are your brothers and sisters. Together we must stand. Wherever you are, whatever you do for human rights, I’ll be with you.’
– Report Filed by ACT Tibetan Community, Canberra –