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Tibetan flag raised first time at council chamber in Australia ahead of 60 uprising anniversary

The Blue Mountains City Council marks 60 years of Tibetan resistance by flying Tibet’s national flag. (Photo courtesy: bluemountainsgazette.com.au)

(TibetanReview.net, Mar09’19) – The Tibetan national flag was raised outside Blue Mountains Council chambers at Katoomba, New South Wales, marking the first time it was done a local council chamber in Australia, reported bluemountainsgazette.com.au Mar 8. The purpose was to commemorate the 60th Tibetan national uprising day which falls on Mar 10.

The Blue Mountains City Council marks 60 years of Tibetan resistance by flying Tibet’s national flag. (Photo courtesy: bluemountainsgazette.com.au)

The report said Cr Kerry Brown, who had moved the motion in council last September to hold the ceremony, took part in the event, along with Ms Kyinzom Dhongdue who represents the Australasian Tibetans in the Tibetan parliament-in-exile at Dharamsala, India.

The report noted that Councillors had voted unanimously in favour of the motion to show support for the Tibetan people, including the refugees who now live in the Blue Mountains, which is located west of the state capital Sydney, by raising the flag this week and in all future years.

Dhongdue has expressed delight at being able to take part in an event like this for the first time in her 12 years of living in Australia. “It sends a message to the Tibetans across Australia and those inside Tibet that our struggle has not been forgotten,” she was quoted as saying.

“Tibet is occupied but it is unconquered,” she has added.

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