Tibetan Uprising Day is annually celebrated on March 10. A day commemorating the 1959 Tibetan insurrection against the People’s Republic of China’s presence in Tibet. It is primarily observed by pro-Tibetan organisations and individuals and is frequently accompanied by a statement from the Dalai Lama calling for renewed efforts to restore Tibet’s rightful position in the world.
The background of Tibetan Uprising Day
Tibet was unified by King Songsten Gampo and his successors in the seventh century A.D., when it took on its current form. However, its history began with the establishment of the Yarlung Dynasty in 127 B.C. The initial entry of the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China into Tibet in 1949, defeating the small Tibetan army and conquering half the nation, was a turning point in the history of Tibet.
As resistance to the Chinese occupation increased, particularly in Eastern Tibet, so did repression, which included the destruction of sacred structures and the arrest of monks and other community leaders. In 1950, the Chinese Communist government invaded Tibet, causing disorder and misery for Tibetans, which ultimately led to the collapse of the Tibetan government and the self-imposed exile of the Dalai Lama and 100,000 Tibetans in 1959.
In spite of religious persecution, the loss of their national heritage, and frequent violations of their human rights, Tibetans continue to demand independence in unison.
Under international law, Tibet is still regarded as a sovereign state. The People’s Liberation Army has not transferred Tibet’s sovereignty to China despite China’s armed invasion and ongoing occupation (P.L.A.).
All those who continue to support this cause are confident that Tibet will one day achieve the independence it so desperately desires and merits.
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5 facts about Tibet that will pique your interest
It is the source of five of Asia’s largest rivers, which provide water to more than a billion people.
Together with Nepal, it is home to Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on Earth, which rises 8,848 metres (29,048 feet) above sea level.
The atmosphere of Tibet is extremely arid for nine months of the year, and the annual average snowfall is only 46 centimetres (18 inches).
Tibetans produce livestock such as sheep, cattle, and goats for consumption and sale, as well as cultivate staple crops such as barley, wheat, potatoes, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The Potala Palace and Norbulingka, both former residences of the Dalai Lama, are both world heritage locations in Tibet.
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