Over one thousand Tibetan women, including Tibetan Buddhist nuns and young students, gathered at the Tibetan Martyr’s Pillar in McLeod Ganj to participate in the protest march against the Chinese rule in Tibet Photograph:( ANI )
The Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) on Monday organised a protest march against China in Dharamshala in commemoration of the 59th Tibetan Women's Uprising Day.
Over one thousand Tibetan women, including Tibetan Buddhist nuns and young students, gathered at the Tibetan Martyr’s Pillar in McLeod Ganj to participate in the protest march against the Chinese rule in Tibet.
Tibetan Women's Uprising Day is an event to remember the day when Tibetan women from all the three provinces of Tibet, for the first time stood together and protested against the brutality of Chinese forces that were occupying since 1959.
Speakers addressed the repressive Chinese policies in Tibet, which is forcing Tibetans to resort to self-immolation protests. They also called for acceptance of the Middle-way approach initiated by the Dalai Lama to grant autonomy for Tibet.
Rinchen Khando, founding president of TWA, said, "March 12 is the Women's Uprising in Tibet in 1959, so we are commemorating that day. Our demands are same as of those women, who were imprisoned and died in 1959. Their demand was free Tibet and today we demand the same."
The TWA also recalled the brave Tibetan women who sacrificed their lives for the cause and paid tribute to the female martyrs to encourage the younger generation for the spirit of freedom and struggle.
Earlier, the people of Lhasa had risen in protest to protect the Dalai Lama from attending a show at the Chinese military headquarters, suspecting that the Chinese would abduct him if he attended.