(TibetanReview.net, Mar12, 2018) – A large gathering of Tibetans and supporters was stated to have marched through the Shinjuku city street in Japan’s Capital Tokyo to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on Mar 10. A separate protest march was also held in front of the Chinese embassy in the city.
The gathering was addressed by representative Mr Lungtok of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) while Mr Taro Kanada of the Students for a Free Tibet read out the statement of the CTA President Lobsang Sangay.
The march took off from the Kashiwagi Park in Shinjuku city with as symbolic mourning for those who had lost their lives during the Chinese invasion and under their occupation rule. Displaying Tibetan national flags and banners, and with some Tibetans having their faces painted with Tibetan flags, the gathering marched through the main street of Shinjuku city, chanting slogans such as “Free Tibet” and “Human Rights in Tibet”.
Earlier in the day, a group of Tibetans and Japanese supporters held a peace march to the Chinese embassy to urge Beijing to end its repressive policies in Tibet.
Participants were stated to have come from neighbouring prefectures as swell, undertaking long journeys by train and bus.