2013: One Hundred Years Since Tibet’s Proclamation of Independence

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100 years ago, His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama issued the Tibetan Proclamation of Independence

In 1949, China invaded Tibet. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for safety in India. Since then, over 1 Million Tibetans (a 6th of their population) have lost their lives as a result of the occupation and oppression by China. Over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed by Chinese forces. The cultural genocide in Tibet continues today.

From the Canada Tibet Committee:

The year 2013 will mark 100 years since Tibet proclaimed the restoration of its independence. The Manchu army sent troops to Tibet in 1909, prompting the 13th Dalai Lama to escape to India. However, as the Manchu dynasty succumbed to a Chinese revolution at home, Tibetans expelled the Manchu troops from Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama returned to Tibet and issued a proclamation to mark the restoration of Tibetan independence. The text of this proclamation has survived, though the original document has not.

 

Tibetans in Tibet risk imprisonment, torture, and execution for raising their flag in their own nation.

On February 13th, raise a flag for Tibet.

Learn more about Tibet and how you can help by clicking here.

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