(TibetanReview.net, Mar12’21) – The 62nd Tibetan National Uprising Day was commemorated in Brussels at Schuman, in front of the European Commission, and concluded with a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy whose national flag fell from the building on its own, said the Office of Tibet, Brussels, Mar 11. It was quickly put back; but the protestors saw the incident as a positive harbinger to the Tibetan cause.
The gathering was stated to have been addressed by Mr Mikulas Peksa, Czech MEP from Pirate Party and President of Tibet Interest Group (TIG) in the European Parliament, and Mr Samuel Cogolati, MP, Belgian Federal Parliament from Green Party, apart from Representative Tashi Phuntsok of the Office of Tibet, Brussels.
Mr Peksa has said the issue of Tibet needed active support and outlined a few ways in which the European Parliament could play an effective role.
Mr Cogolati has said human rights were universal and needed protection wherever it is violated. He spoke of his efforts to get the Belgian government to take a stand that the succession of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was an issue to be decided by the Tibetan Buddhist community and nobody else. He has also expressed strong support on the issue of the Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.
The latter part of the demonstration was held in front of the Chinese Embassy. The Chinese national flag fell from the embassy building as the demonstrators held their protest.
Covid regulations and police instructions meant that only 100 persons could take part in the demonstration which was jointly organized by the Tibetan Community in Belgium, ICT, Lungta and other Tibetans associations.