You’ll need to get your skates on, but if Tibet is a subject that gets you going they’re having a rally at 1pm tomorrow in Garema Place. Here’s what you need to know:
Tibetans and Tibet supporters across Australia will go to the streets tomorrow (10 March), urging the Australian government to publicly speak out on the escalating crisis in Tibet, in which 14 Tibetans have set themselves on fire this year in acts of protest against China’s rule in Tibet.
A young mother of four was among the three to have immolated this week. Tomorrow marks the 53rd anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising, when thousands demonstrated in their capital, Lhasa, against China’s occupation.
A total of 26 Tibetans have lit themselves on fire since 2009 in a clear sign of both calling the world’s attention to their plight and demonstrating their rejection of the Chinese government in Tibet. In recent months, a number of Tibetan protesters were shot dead by the Chinese police in a fresh wave of demonstrations in many areas in eastern Tibet. Tibet has been closed to journalists, tourists and observers for a month due to the approaching anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising. A handful of journalists who managed to sneak into Ngaba revealed the alarming extent of military build-up in the town where most of these immolations have taken place.
We urge the Australian government to speak out publicly and join other countries in pushing the Chinese government to end the crackdown and listen to the grievances of the Tibetan people.
In Canberra, Tibetans and Australian supporters will hold a rally this Saturday.