Tons of of Calgarians marched down Stephen Avenue — from metropolis corridor to the Chinese language consulate — on Sunday to rally towards the Chinese language occupation of Tibet.
March 10 marked the 60th anniversary of Tibetan Rebellion Day — a resistance motion that was sparked in 1959, resulting in the flight of the 14th Dalai Lama (Tibet’s religious chief) together with greater than 150,000 Tibetans, and the institution of the Tibetan government-in-exile in a north Indian city. The date honours individuals who have died or suffered underneath Chinese language rule.
Calgary Tibetan “Sarah Sam” — whose actual identify World Information has agreed to hide for concern of retribution towards her kinfolk within the nation — spoke of how the “unlawful and brutal occupation” has affected her.
“It’s very tough simply because quite a lot of us have relations again residence that shall be victimized ought to the Chinese language authorities discover out that we’re talking on behalf of these people who’re unvoiced,” she stated.
“However we strive our greatest to create consciousness to ensure that the world stage continues to know that Tibetan freedom of human rights remains to be on the entrance of our minds.”
Greater than six million Tibetans stay in Tibet underneath Chinese language rule, with about 2,000 of them in Chinese language prisons, in line with the Tibetan Affiliation of Alberta.
“It’s necessary for the neighborhood, for us, to get collectively [Sunday] as a result of we have now to recollect the entire lives which have suffered ever since 2009 [after protests in 2008 turned violent] and the controversial Olympics that occurred in 2008 in China,” Sam stated. “Over 155 individuals have lit themselves on hearth and burned simply to create consciousness of how brutal the state of affairs actually is behind closed doorways in China. There’s no free media, there’s no freedom of human rights in any respect, and we have now to have the ability to converse for these which can be unvoiced.”
The Tibetan Affiliation of Alberta stated individuals face “intimidation, detention and imprisonment for the free expression of opinion, for the apply of faith and for the train of cultural traditions” — what the affiliation calls “cultural genocide.”
“The repression simply continues to worsen and worse,” Sam stated.
Sam hopes that China shall be held accountable for human rights violations towards Tibetans.
“I feel the worldwide neighborhood is slowly seeing how China’s true intentions are coming via and the truth that they will’t proceed this brutalization ceaselessly as a result of the world is changing into clever to their intentions,” Sam stated.
“We simply hope that with the coalition of people that care and together with Canada’s human rights repute that we will actually plead to the federal government to attempt to sway the Chinese language authorities to offer Tibetans the human rights that they deserve.”
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