Conflict & Justice

Tibetan National Uprising Day takes hold in India (VIDEO)


Exiled Tibetan activists attend an anti-Chinese rally in Kolkata on March 10, 2012, marking the 53rd Tibetan national uprising day anniversary against Chinese rule.


Dibyangshu Sarkar


DHARAMSALA, India — On Sunday, March 10, thousands of Tibetan activists marched in protest to commemorate the 54th Tibetan National Uprising Day in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala. Dharamsala is home to Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile here for over 50 years.

Tibetan protesters marched with banners and posters, shouting anti-China and pro-Tibet slogans. They voiced their grievances against the Chinese government for promoting human rights abuses of Tibetans.

On this day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans from all three regions of Tibet converged in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital city, and took up arms to resist the Chinese invasion and occupation of their home. Every March 10th since, Tibetans across the world have gathered on March 10th to commemorate the day.

Tenzin Tsundue is a poet, writer, and Tibetan activist. He was born in India to parents who were forced to leave Tibet after the Chinese invasion.