March 10 to be observed as ‘Tibet Day’ in three American cities

DHARAMSHALA, MAR.1: With the new United States government under Trump coming under severe criticism for its policies that are divisive and prone to creating wider disinterest of the commonality of humanity, some cities in the United States are setting different precedence, especially when it comes to showing solidarity to the Tibetan refugee community.

Three American cities; Richfield, Columbia Heights and Minneapolis proclaimed on the Tibetan new year beginning Monday (Feb.27) that coming March 10 which is the 58th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising day in Lhasa that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Tibetans following Chinese invasion, will be observed as “Tibet Day”.

The upcoming March 10th will see a resolution on Tibet being adopted at the Minneapolis city council by Council-member Alondra Cano on behalf of 13 council members who voted for the resolution. Similarly, yesterday Richfield’s Mayor Michael, Council-members Maria, Edwina & Pat also vowed to adopt resolutions to observe the March 10 as “Tibet Day”.

The Tibetan national flag will also be raised at the city council complex in solidarity with the Tibetan community in the city.

Proclamation by Mayor of Richfield

 Proclamation by Mayor of Richfield

A Tibetan living in Minnesota Jigme Ugen who spoke on behalf of the Tibetan community there to the city council wrote in his Facebook, “On the first day of Losar (Tibetan New Year), it was an ultimate honor to speak of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and, our sisters and brothers suffering in Tibet – to the Mayor, Council members and residents of Columbia Heights in Minnesota. They proclaimed March 10, 2017 – the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day- as “Tibet Day”.

Earlier this month on Feb. 14, the Berkeley city council adopted a resolution that denounced the repressive Chinese policies implemented in occupied Tibet and has resulted in self immolation of many Tibetans since 2009. It also mentioned the recent developments such as the destruction and demolition of the Buddhist monastic university of Larung Gar in eastern Tibet.

Tibetan Uprising Day, observed on March 10 commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the occupation of Tibet by People’s Republic of China. The violent crackdown on Tibetans in Lhasa on that day resulted in deaths of thousands of Tibetans and triggered the flight of the Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama into exile.

Phayul,Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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