Himachal Minister to preside over 59th Tibetan National Uprising Day function

Mar 09, 2018 13:40 | Tibet News

Dalai lama to miss it

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma) 09/03/18

Press Officer  of the Central Tibetan Administration , mr Jamphel Shonu informed that the official function to commemorate the 59th Tibetan National Uprising Day will begin at 10:00 AM at Tsuglagkhang, the main Tibetan temple near Dalai Lama’s official residence at the upper Dharamsala, on 10 March 2018.

Shonu said, “The chief guest at the function will be Mr  Kishan Kapoor, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affair Minister, Himachal Pradesh. The special guest will be Mr George Baker, Member of Parliament.”

CTA confirmed that Dalai lama is not attending this function.

Tibetan Uprising Day is observed on March 10, to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the presence of the People's Republic of China in Tibet. And the failure of the armed rebellion ultimately resulted in a violent crackdown on Tibetan independence movements, and the flight of the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso into exile.

Tibetan Uprising Day is observed primarily by organizations and individuals who support Tibet such as Students for a Free Tibet, and is often accompanied by the release of a statement by the Dalai Lama. Tibetan independence groups often organize protests or campaigns on March 10 to draw attention to the situation in Tibet.

On this day In 2008, a series of riots and violent clashes broke out in the Tibetan city of Lhasa when monks were arrested during peaceful demonstrations. The events in Lhasa triggered a nationwide uprising with protests occurring in every region.