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Tibetans stage protest in Taipei in memory of 1959 uprising

Tibetans stage protest in Taipei in memory of 1959 uprising
Tibetans stage protest in Taipei in memory of 1959 uprising
 A Japanese Free Tibet activist with the face painted with the Tibetan national flag is seen during a peace march rally in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Mar...

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A Japanese Free Tibet activist with the face painted with the Tibetan national flag is seen during a peace march rally in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Mar...

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) More than 30 civic groups advocating a free Tibet staged a protest march in Taipei Saturday, calling for the government to permit a visit to Taiwan by the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
More than 300 people led by Tashi Tsering, chairman of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress' Taiwan chapter, raised the Tibetan flag and pictures of the Dalai Lama and sang Tibet's national anthem during the march from the Zhongxiao-Fuxing MRT station to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
They also chanted "Free Tibet" and "Go Taiwan" during the march, which was organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that began March 10, 1959 that forced the Dalai Lama to flee into exile in India.
Tashi Tsering said tens of thousands of Tibetans were killed in the uprising, while many others were forced to flee overseas.
"Tibet is a mirror of Taiwan, " the activist said, warning the Taiwanese people against China's schemes that he said will eventually achieve Beijing's ultimate goal of annexing Taiwan.
Sonan, a Tibetan who took part in the march, said that over the past 50 years, Beijing has conducted eight rounds of talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama on the issue of Tibetan autonomy.
However, he said, none of the talks have produced concrete results. "Talking is one thing but doing is another," he noted.
Pointing out that there are civic groups in Taiwan that want to invite the Dalai Lama to visit, Sonan urged the country to welcome him with open arms.
The protesters included Tibetans residing in Taiwan and organizations such as the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, the Taiwan Friends of Tibet and the International Tibet Support Network, as well as the Taiwan Association for Human Rights, the Taiwan Association of University Professors and the Humanistic Education Foundation.
President Ma Ying-jeou, who took power last May 20 and is trying to improve Taiwan's relations with China, has said now is not a good time for a visit by the Dalai Lama, who has visited Taiwan twice, in 1997 and again in 2002.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-10-19 03:59 GMT+08:00