(TibetanReview.net, Mar12, 2018) – Tibetans and supporters gathered in strength at Garema Place in the centre of the Australian capital Canberra to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on Mar 10. The event culminated in a protest and commemoration gathering before the Chinese embassy as well.
Those who addressed the gathering included Mr Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of the Central Tibetan Administration for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, and Ms Kyinzom Dhongdue, Australia Tibet Council Executive and Campaign Officer and Member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, besides Professor John Powers of Deakin University and Dr Zhong Jin Jiang, President of Chinese Alliance for Democracy.
Following the formal commemoration ceremony, the large gathering marched to the Chinese embassy, chanting slogans calling for justice, human rights and freedom in Tibet.
Those who addressed the gathering before the Chinese embassy were stated to include Professor Liu, ACT Branch President of Falun Dafa Association of Australia; Madam Zhang Due Due, Vice President of Federation for Democratic China; and Ms Sian Williamson from Amnesty International Australia.
Prof Liu was quoted as saying in his address: “Tibetans have been suffering because of what the Chinese government has done. But the majority of the Chinese people are your brothers and sisters. Together we must stand. Wherever you are, whatever you do for human rights, I’ll be with you.”