<http://www.march10.org/>March 10th marks the *51st anniversary of the 1959
Tibetan National Uprising*, when thousands of Tibetans in Lhasa, Tibet's
capital, rose up against China's illegal invasion and occupation of their
homeland. On this day, Tibetans and Tibet supporters worldwide will take to
the streets to commemorate Tibetans' courageous resistance to Chinese rule
and to demand freedom and justice for the Tibetan people.
In recent days, Chinese security forces have launched a "Strike Hard"
campaign <http://www.tchrd.org/press/2010/pr20100305.html> in Lhasa and
surrounding areas, reportedly interrogated 435 people and arrested an
unknown number in an attempt to silence any voice of dissent in the lead up
to March 10th. A journalist on a Chinese state-controlled tour in Lhasa
described how the city is heavily militarized with as many Chinese armed
troops as Buddhist pilgrims in the streets. Read the full
*However, in spite of China's brutal repression, there is a powerful new
movement growing in Tibet*. Tibetans – especially the younger generation –
are finding new and creative ways to assert their identity and culture.
Their defiance is a true testament to the strength of the Tibetan spirit of
resistance. Read more about this new
*This March 10th, please take action in solidarity with Tibetans inside
Tibet and China. By doing so, we can also help to amplify their voices for
human rights and freedom in Tibet.
*1) Record a video message(s). Below are suggestions of what to include in
- <http://www.march10.org/>If you are Tibetan, make an "I am Tibetan"
video. If possible, record Tibetans speaking in front of famous landmarks
(ex. London bridge, Golden Gate bridge, India Gate, etc) about what makes
them Tibetan. View the "I am Tibetan" - Video from Amdo,
India's "I am Tibetan"
- Ask people to send messages of support to Tibetans inside Tibet and
China. How have their actions inspired you? How do you continue to assert
your Tibetan identity in exile? Why do you support the Tibetan freedom
- Ask people to hold a photo of a political prisoner (ex. Norzin Wangmo,
Paljor Norbu etc.) and send a message to that individual describing how
their actions have inspired people worldwide. What makes them a hero?
Download photos from
Please send photos and updates from your March 10th protests/events to
grassroots@stud.... We will post photos and videos
of the incredible actions being taken globally for Tibet on the SFT Blog at:
Tendor, Kate, TenDolkar, Schuyler, Mary Kate, Yvonne and all of us here at
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USA Grassroots Director
Students for a Free Tibet International Headquarters