Tibetans take out protest rally in Mysuru

Dec 11, 2017

 MYSURU: Tibetans in the city descended to the streets on Sunday, both in a celebratory mood, and to voice their angst over what they termed ‘illegal’ occupation of their homeland by China. While Sunday marked the 69th anniversary of the declaration of World Human Rights Day, it also was 28 years since the spiritual leader of Tibet Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Regional Tibetan Women’s Association arrived from Bylakuppe, hunsur and Kollegal to stage a protest at the North Gate of Mysuru Palace to draw attention to the flagrant violations of human rights in Tibet. Vice-president of the Tibetan youth Congress Tenzin Lodoe addressed the protesters, wherein he urged the United Nations Organisation (UNO) to consider the demands of the people of Tibet. “Recommendations made by various UN agencies such as release of political prisoners including Panchen Lama, ought to be implemented,” he said.

“Justice, freedom and human rights have been denied to the people of Tibet for the past 60 years. China has arrested more than a thousand people since 2008, and is also executing them. So, UN needs to protect the prisoners, and the rights of Tibetans,” he added.

Lodoe then led a procession to the deputy commissioner’s office where they submitted a memorandum addressed to the UN assembly. Some of the slogans that the protesters shouted along the way included, ‘UN needs Tibet you know’, ‘Release Panchen Lama, missions since 1995’.