The London Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) will once again raise the Tibetan National Flag on 10th March 2023 at the Woolwich Town Hall in show of support and solidarity with the people of Tibet.
The day is officially marked by Tibetans worldwide as the 64th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of Lhasa in 1959. Read Tsering Passang’s detailed account on Why Tibetans worldwide commemorate March 10th.
Cllr. Leo Fletcher, The Mayor, and Cllr. Anthony Okereke, The Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, will be joined by representatives from The Office of Tibet, Tibetan Community UK and Greenwich Tibetan Association as well as local Tibetans on Friday morning at the Town Hall, Woolwich, southeast London. As the Tibetan National Anthem is sung the Mayor of the London Royal Borough of Greenwich will raise the Tibet Flag whilst being witnessed by other councillors, officials, Tibetans and residents.
This annual Tibet Flag Raising is organised by the Mayor’s Office, Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) and the Greenwich Tibetan Association (GTA) of the Tibetan Community UK. The RBG is home to over 100 Tibetans, which is the single largest concentration of Tibetans in one borough in the whole of UK.
Tsering Passang, Founder and Chair of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, who coordinated the Tibet Flag Raising, said: “We are once again pleased with the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s decision to raise the Tibet Flag in show of support and solidarity with the people of Tibet. Tibetans are still being persecuted in their own country by the Chinese regime for their fundamental beliefs. This noble act by the Royal Borough of Greenwich sends the right message to China’s regime that the UK stands with the people of Tibet as they continue to endure persecutions and brutal crackdown. Tibetans are denied human rights, religious freedom and free speech in China’s occupied Tibet. We thank the Mayor and the Royal Borough of Greenwich for their continued support and solidarity with the people of Tibet.”
The Tibet Flag was first raised at the Woolwich Town Hall in London in September 2015 to honour and welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The Tibetan spiritual leader gave public talks and Buddhist teachings to over 10,000 people at The O2 Centre in September 2015, which falls within the boundaries of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Tibetans worldwide are observing their 64th anniversary of the National Uprising Day of 1959 in Lhasa, when tens of thousands of Tibetans revolted against the illegal occupation of their country by Mao Tsetung-led Communist Party of China (CCP). China’s invasion of Tibet forced the Nobel Peace laureate Dalai Lama into exile in India in March 1959 where he set up the Central Tibetan Administration (de facto Tibetan Government-in-exile).
The Tibetan Community UK and Free Tibet are organising protest and rally in central London on the same day to mark the 64th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
London Schedule – 10th March 2023:
TIBET FLAG RAISING – Woolwich Town Hall – From 10.15am to 11.15am at Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ
PROTEST AND RALLY – 12:00pm – Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA March route: Whitehall – Trafalgar Square – Piccadilly Circus – Oxford Circus – Portland Place 1:00pm – Chinese Embassy, Portland Place, 49-51 Portland Place, London WB 1JL)
TIBETAN CULTURAL EVENT – Indian YMCA – 2pm onwards – Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ
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