Tibet Uprising Day

Edinburgh University Tibet Society publicity event

On Sunday the 16th of March 2014, Edinburgh Tibet Society staged their annual march to commemorate the uprising of 1959 against the Communist military occupation of Tibet. Campaigners gathered around 2pm at the foot of The Mound for a session of chanting and protest songs. From there, the assembled participants marched East along Princes Street, then to Haymarket, and finally to Murrayfield and the Chinese Consulate building. The march was accompanied by very enthusiastic chanting of slogans demanding an end to the abuses committed in tibet, and a return of governing power over Tibet to the Tibetan people. At the Consulate, poems describing the suffering of Tibetans were read out, and speeches given. 

A focus of this year's event was the recent wave of self-immolations by Tibetans who have resorted to such measures through sheer desperation at the continuing occupation of their country by the CCP, and the corruption which makes it hard for ethnic Tibetans to earn a satisfactory living in their own country.

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" Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can." H.H. The Dalai Lama