(TibetanReview.net, Mar06’19) – The 60th Tibetan National Uprising Day was observed early in North America with holding of rallies in Philadelphia on Mar 3 and in Ottawa on Mar 1.
With the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall as a backdrop, 55 members of the Tibetan American community rallied on Mar 3 morning for Tibet’s independence from China in Philadelphia, reported philly.com. It added that seven among them then began marching with the goal of reaching the United Nation’s building in New York City on Mar 9, the eve of the uprising anniversary.
Among the marchers was Kunga G Norbu, a nephew of the Dalai Lama, who had traveled from his home in Indiana. He has said he was marching in memory of his departed brother and father — the Dalai Lama’s brother — and for all those in Tibet who are being oppressed by China. His brother died in an accident few years ago while taking out a similar march while his father, Thubten J Norbu, founded a Tibetan independence movement.
In Canada, Tibetan Communities of Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, and Vancouver marked the day on Mar 1 on account of the ongoing Canadian Parliament session, said the Central Tibetan Administration in a report on its Tibet.net website Mar 5.
Following Speeches, including reading of speeches from Canadian MPs, on the ground in front of the Canadian Parliament building, a procession was carried out, which culminated in protest in front of the Chinese embassy. More than 100 people from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and other cities were reported to have attended the event.
Exile Tibetan parliament MP for North America, Mr Tsewang Rigzin, was stated to be the chief guest.