TORONTO, ONTARIO - On Sunday, March 10, 2019, thousands of Tibetans and supporters will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
Online PR News – 01-March-2019 – Toronto, Ontario – TORONTO, ONTARIO - On Sunday, March 10, 2019, thousands of Tibetans and supporters will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day when Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa, Tibet's capital, to protest China's illegal invasion and occupation of their homeland. China's use of extreme force to quell these protests compelled the 14th Dalai Lama to escape to India, where he has lived in exile ever since. Today, China is stepping up its efforts to punish Tibetans in Tibet for expressing loyalty to the Dalai Lama - a devotion that has not wavered despite the more than half century that has passed. For the fifth consecutive year, Tibet has been ranked as the second worst place in the world for freedom and human rights, second only to Syria.
9:00 am - Gather at Parkdale Collegiate Institute (209 Jameson Avenue)
10:00 - Begin March (East on Queen St. from Jameson Ave. to Yonge St. to Dundas St.)
11:30 am - Arrive at Yonge & Dundas Centre
12:00 am - Speeches by Political and Special Guests (details below)
1:00 pm - March to Chinese Consulate (240 St. George Street)
2:30 pm -- Arrive at Chinese Consulate, Protest & Prayers
3:30 pm - End of Rally
Speakers: MP James Maloney, MPP Bhutila Karpoche, Former Senator Consiglio Di Nino, President of East Turkistan Association of Canada Tuyghun Abduweli, Founder of One Free World International Majed El Shafie, President of Canada Hong-Kong Link Gloria Fung, President of the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario Sonam Lankar, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet Canada Sonam Chokey and more.
1. 130 coffins draped in the Tibetan national flag, representing 130 of the 164 people who died after burning their bodies in protest of China's illegal occupation of Tibet.
2. Political theatre portraying oppression experienced by Tibetans living under Chinese rule