Tibetan National Uprising Day now also observed as Martyrs’ Day

Starting this Sunday, March 10, the annual Tibetan National Uprising Day will also be observed as Tibetan Martyrs’ Day. At the General Meeting of the Tibetan People held last year, the assembly voted unanimously to commemorate the actions and sacrifices of Tibetans for the cause of Tibet’s independence. Over 100 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009.

National Uprising Day commemorates the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese forces in Lhasa. The resulting crackdown led to the deaths of thousands of Tibetans and the exile of many more from Tibet, including the Dalai Lama. Tibetans in exile have planned protests and demonstrations for Sunday; click here to read the full story at Phayul.

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