The Europe-wide Joint 10th March Rally will be held in Rome, Italy on Friday, 10th March 2023.
This pan-European rally is organised by the Tibetan Community Italy, with a full cooperation of the Tibetan Communities in Europe. In addition to Tibetans, supporters and invited speakers, Europe-based elected Tibetan MPs and representatives from the Offices of Tibet are also joining the official rally.
This political and solidarity rally is believed to be the largest Tibet gathering in Europe since the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China.
Details of the Rome Rally:
Starting place: LARGO CORRADO RICCI
Manifestation Place: PIAZZA DELLA MADONNA DI LORETO
Rally Route: Gathering – 13:30 / rally 14:00 from Largo Corrado Ricci – Via Fori Imperiali Arrival – Piazza della Madonna di Loreto
The rally is supported by Associazione Italia-Tibet, Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association and International Campaign for Tibet.
Each year, Tibetans worldwide commemorate March 10th as the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of Lhasa in 1959. Read Tsering Passang’s detailed account on Why Tibetans worldwide commemorate March 10th.
On this day, hundreds of towns and cities across Europe will also be raising Tibet’s National Flag to show their support and solidarity with the Tibetan people. In London, the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) will raise the Tibetan National Flag at the Woolwich Town Hall on the same day.
Tibet was illegally invaded by the Chinese Communist Party regime soon after it came to power on 1st October 1949, establishing the People’s Republic of China. On Mao Tsetung’s order, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops invaded Tibet from the eastern frontiers in 1950 and thereafter. Tibetans fought back and strongly resisted the foreign invasion for many years but there was no match against China’s well equipped and organised military troops. This fateful illegal invasion of Tibet by China occurred after the founding of the United Nations in 1948.
Tibetans continue to call for freedom, justice and human rights in China’s occupied Tibet and around the world. A few weeks leading to the 10th March each year, the Chinese authorities put additional security measures in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, to prevent protests. Tibetans in Lhasa as well as in other parts of Tibet have told their their contacts overseas not to call them especially during these few months.
During this year’s 64th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising protests across the globe, over 100,000 Tibetans are expected to take to the streets who will be chanting “UNO – Where are you?”, “UNO – We want justice”, “Free Tibet, China out of Tibet”, “China: Stop Killing Tibetans” and “Human Rights in Tibet.”
For this year’s London protest details, please click here.