Tibetan National Uprising Day begins with protests against Chinese suppression

Tibet Nationals protesting against United Nations office in Geneva. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 10, 2018, 04.40 PM (IST)

The Tibetan National Uprising Day ceremony started today in Dharamshala to mark the 60 years of exile of Dalai Lama.

The event was organised to highlight the increased repression of the Chinese government on Tibet.

The President of the Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay spoke in the event highlighting the sufferings.

He said that over 150 Tibetans had self-immolated themselves since 2009 due to the repressive policies of the Chinese government. 

He also added that the natives were seeking the return of the Dalai Lama. 

He thanked India and other countries for supporting and receiving Tibetians. 

He said that the Central Tibetan Administration would mark the 60th year of Dalai Lama's exile as "Thank You Year". 

The Dalai Lama had escaped from Tibet to India in March 1959.

Keeping in mind the sensitive relations between India and China, Indian government has reportedly asked its senior officials to stay away from the event. 

Meanwhile, protest against the suppression of Chinese government were also held outside United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Similar protests were held from McLeodGanj to Dharamsala. 

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