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Taiwan’s top political parties, others to march on 60th Tibet uprising anniversary, call for Dalai Lama visit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

(TibetanReview.net, Mar09’19) – Ahead of carrying out a march on Mar 10, the 60th Tibetan National uprising day, Tibetan rights advocates and politicians across party lines in Taiwan have on Mar 7 called for an end to China’s oppression of Tibet. An announcement of the march was made at a press conference held outside the Legislative Yuan, attended by representatives of civic groups and political parties, including Tashi Tsering, chairperson of Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan, and New Power Party (NPP) Legislator Freddy Lim, who chairs the Taiwan Parliamentary Group for Tibet, reported Taiwan’s Central News Agency. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Lo Wen-jia (Luo Wen-chia) has also said Taiwan would welcome a visit from the Dalai Lama, adding his party’s stance on the issue had never changed.

Lo has said Taiwanese should support Tibetans because “democracy and human rights are universal values. “If we want the international community to support Taiwan against China, how can we not support Tibet?”  taipeitimes.com Mar 9 quoted Lo as adding.

The march is being organized by more than 20 civic groups to mark the 60th anniversary of the uprising, the report cited the network’s board member Lin Hsin-yi as saying.

The DPP, NPP, Social Democratic Party and Green Party had agreed to participate in the march while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) was yet to say whether it would attend, Lin has said.

Since it was started 16 years ago, the annual Tibet uprising anniversary march had received growing support from the public, as well as politicians, Freddy Lim was cited as saying.

“I hope the Dalai Lama can soon visit Taiwan, whether to promote Buddhism and Tibetan culture, or simply to be with his supporters,” Lim was also quoted as saying.

The Mar 10 march will take off at 2pm from the National Taiwan Museum and proceed to Taipei Railway Station and the Ximending area, before concluding at Nishi Honggan-ji Temple Zhonghua Road, said the taipeitimes.com report.

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