Historic moment for Tibet sees Tibetan National flag hoisted at bell of peace in Italy

From L-R, representative Chhimey Rigzen, Mr Roberto Printer, CTA President Dr Sangay, Regent Sen Alberto Robol, Mayor Francesco Ualduga.

DHARAMSALA, 15 July: In a historic moment for Tibet, the City of Rovereto, Italy has hosted the Tibetan National flag at the Bell of Peace.

The President of Central Tibetan Administration(CTA), Dr Lobsang Sangay made a history when Tibetan National Flag was unfurled at the bell of Peace in the backdrops of the hill of Miravalle, in Trento, Italy, on 12 July 2019, reports the Tibet.net, the official webpage f the CTA.

Regent Senator Alberto Robol, Mayor Francesca and some members of parliament accompanied President Sangay during the Tibetan National flag hoisting ceremony. The magnificent multi-coloured flag was unfurled as the Tibetan National anthem was sung in the backdrop of mountains that resembled the enigmatic mountains in Tibet, the report added.

“We commend the province of Trento for taking a very courageous and political step by permanently hoisting the Tibetan flag – something that is a crime back in Tibet,” President Sangay was quoted as saying in the report at the flag hoisting ceremony.

“I will bring your love and wishes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also say that if Trento can do it, so can Tibet!” he added.

The bell of peace struck in honour of the Tibetan people’s peaceful and non-violent struggle for genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution, the report added.

The Tibetan National flag, banned in Tibet will now permanently stand with other 195 national flags at the Bell of Peace in Rovereto, a city and comune in Trentino in northern Italy, located in the Vallagarina valley of the Adige River.

Cast in Trento on the 30 October 1924 with bronze from cannons donated by the nations involved in the First World War, the bell of peace in Rovereto is the biggest ringing bell in the world.

The bell rings out every evening tolling a hundred times in remembrance of the Fallen of all wars and of all the nations of the world. The brainchild of the Roveretan Fr. Antonio, the Bell of Peace has become an international meeting point for different religions, cultures and nations seeking ever deeper, constant meditation on the themes of peace, tolerance and human rights.

It weighs more than 226 quintals, features a diameter of 3.21 metres and is 3.36 metres tall. The clapper alone weighs 6 quintals and the headstock 103. Every evening, at sunset, its peal is an invitation to remember the soldiers who fell in any war fought worldwide.

The bell of peace aims to educate young generations to a culture of peace, non-violence and human rights. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has paid a visit to the Bell of Peace back in 2001.

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