Taipei: Taiwan: In a mass rally organised by Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association (在台藏人福利協會) and Human Rights Network for Tibet, Taiwan (西藏台灣人權連線會) on 7 March, over 34 NGOs from across Taiwan came together in observance of the 62nd anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, which commemorates Tibetan resistance of 10 March 1959 against the Chinese occupying forces and the subsequent exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The rally also marked the near-70th anniversary of the signing of the 17-point Agreement between Tibet and China.
The participants paid homage to the tens of thousands of brave Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for freedom in Tibet and sang the Tibetan national anthem.
The presidents of Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association and Human Rights Network for Tibet who were the key organisers addressed the rally, followed by the Chief Guest Kasur Kirti Rinpoche, Representative Dawa Tsering, Office of Tibet, Taiwan, Taiwan Parliament Group for Tibet (台灣國會西藏連線) Co-chair Hung Sun Han (洪申翰), Member of Taiwan parliament Fan Yun (范雲), Lin Ying Meng (林穎孟), Member of Taipei Councillor Caucus for Tibet (台北市議會西藏連線) Miao Poya苗博雅 and representatives of four political parties of Taiwan, all of whom spoke on the Tibetan national uprising of 10 March 1959 and near 70th anniversary of the signing of 17-point Agreement between Tibet and China.
As the inaugural ceremony concluded, the participants then rallied through the main city street. Some offered prostrations in symbolic honour to the undaunting spirit of the Tibetans inside Tibet. The rally then converged infront of the Bank of China Taipei Branch (中國銀行 臺北分行) where they presented a street act, depicting how the 17-point “Agreement on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” was forced upon the Tibetan representatives by the threat of arms, and how even the Tibetan seal which was affixed to the Agreement was copied and fabricated by the Chinese authorities in Beijing.
After the occupation of eastern Tibet’s provincial capital, Chamdo, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), on 23 May 1951, forced Tibet to sign the 17-point “Agreement on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet”. The alternative was immediate military operation in the remaining parts of Tibet. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement.
On 10 March evening, the Tibetan association and youth association in Taiwan will organise a prayer service at Freedom square.