DHARAMSALA, Jan 24: The Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan (HRNTT) has embarked on a cycling tour of Taipei as a beginning of a series of activities to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising day and resistance movement in Tibet under Chinese rule.
The cycling rally titled, cycling for a Free Tibet began at 228 Peace Memorial Park in Taipei and ended outside the Legislative Yuan yesterday.
Following the rally, a press conference was held to talk about a rally that will be staged in Taiwan in March to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising Day, reports Focus Taiwan.
New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Freddy Lim, who chairs the Taiwan Parliamentary Group for Tibet has reportedly addressed the gathering outside the Legislative Yuan and urged Taiwanese to join the rally on March 10 to show the international community Taiwan’s reverence for the values of freedom, democracy, and human rights as he announced that bigger events will be held across the world that day to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan resistance movement against China’s control.
The press conference was also attended by Taiwan’s another legislator Yu Mei-nu from its ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
In her address, she has reportedly said that today is a good day to speak up for Tibet’s freedom as the day is marked in Taiwan and South Korea as World Freedom Day and added that, Taiwanese should be aware of the problems Tibet is facing as some of those same issues could arise in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, Tashi Tsering, the chairperson of the HRNTT has said that Taiwan can learn from the Tibet experience.
The planned March 10th 2019 rally in Taiwan is the 16th of its kind held in Taiwan to mark the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
Members of the HRNTT were heard chanting slogans such as “the Dalai Lama wants to return home” and “Tibet belongs to Tibetans.”
Founded in 2016, Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan is a coalition of various Taiwan-based NGOs. Its members include Tibetan and Taiwanese social activists, college professors, writers, students and legislators, amongst people of many other professions.
Tibetan Uprising Day, observed on March 10, commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the presence of the People’s Republic of China in Tibet and the March 10, 2019 marks the 60 years of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959.