Tibetan Uprising Day

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Tibetans and supporters protest against China for political prisoners at UN in NYC on March 10 Tibetan Uprising Day

Tibetan Uprising Day, observed on March 10,[1][2] commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the presence of the People's Republic of China in Tibet. The failure of the armed rebellion ultimately resulted in a violent crackdown on Tibetan independence movements, and the flight of the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso into exile.

Tibetan Uprising Day is observed primarily by organizations and individuals who support Tibetan independence such as Students for a Free Tibet, and is often accompanied by the release of a statement by the Dalai Lama.[3][4] Tibetan independence groups often organize protests or campaigns on March 10 to draw attention to the situation in Tibet.

In 2008, a series of riots and violent clashes broke out in the Tibetan city of Lhasa when monks were arrested during peaceful demonstrations.[5]

The events in Lhasa triggered a nationwide uprising with protests occurring in every region. The Central Tibetan Administration estimates the number of Protests to have occurred in 2008 to be 336.[6]

Portland, protestors on Tibetan Uprising Day

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  1. ^ Staff (10 March 2004). "Tibetan Uprising Day: Statement of the Dalai Lama". Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved 2010-02-04. Congressional Record: March 10, 2004 (Senate). Page S2538-S2539.
  2. ^ Iyer 2008, pg. 225
  3. ^ 10th March Statements Archive
  4. ^ His Holiness The Dalai Lama's 10 March 1999 Statement
  5. ^ Oster, Shai (28 March 2008). "Lhasa Riots Expose Tibet's Split Society". The Wall Street Journal: Business. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  6. ^ "2008 Uprising in Tibet Chronology and Analysis" (PDF). The Central Tibetan Administration. 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  7. ^ "1997 ASSEMBLY JOINT RESOLUTION 33". State of Wisconsin.
  8. ^ "Tibetans in Taiwan mark anniversary of 1959 uprising". CNA. 2009-03-11.


  • Iyer, Pico. The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (2008) Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 978-0-307-26760-3

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