Native Village Youth and Education News
April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 1
Crowds Protest Around World for
Freedom in Tibet
The Dalai Lama, now 73, is among
the world's great spiritual leaders.
In an unusually
harsh dialogue, His Holiness
said the Chinese have pushed Tibet's
culture and identity
to near extinction and "brought untold
suffering to the land and people of
In New York City, 1,000 - 3,000 protesters threaded their way across the Brooklyn Bridge and through Times Square. Some wore the crimson robes of Buddhist monks. Many carried portraits of the Dalai Lama, waved Tibetan flags and banners, and called out "shame on China," "Tibetan people are suffering enormously, and it is the responsibility of Tibetans outside, in the free world, to speak up for Tibet," said Tibetan-born demonstrator Tashi Sharjangk. "We are hoping for the world to pay more attention to Tibet."
In San Francisco, hundreds of pro-Tibetan activists gathered outside the Chinese Consulate, carrying signs and chanting, "Long Live the Dalai Lama" and "we want free Tibet. "They called on China to respect human rights in Tibet and to release Tibetan political prisoners. 55-year-old Ngodup Tsering left Tibet for India with his family in 1959. He said he would like to return one day to "see Tibetans free, as free people in their own land."
In India, thousands of young Tibetans marched through Dharmsala, the town where the Dalai Lama set up base after fleeing Tibet.
In Canberra, Australia, protesters scuffled with police outside the Chinese Embassy after 300 had marched from Parliament House. Police arrested four people who broke through temporary fencing. The phone at the the Chinese Embassy press office went unanswered the following day.
In Paris, Pro-Tibet demonstrators marched down fashionable Avenue George V/
In Nepal, home
to thousands of Tibetan
exiles, police blocked
demonstrated on the
outskirts of the
killing in Tibet!" "Free Tibet!"
In Warsaw, Poland, people people lit white candles in front of the Chinese Embassy.
Similar protests were held across Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions.
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