Tibetans and supporters gathered in Dharamsala to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people's peaceful 1959 uprising against Communist China and to listen to a statement read out by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dharamsala, India. 10/03/2011
Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters gathered in front of the Tsuklakhang (main temple) to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people's peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China's repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.
“As early as the 1960s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power. Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect,” the Tibetan leader said in his statement marking the 52nd anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising.
“His Holiness’s response is very clear in his statement today. His Holiness has not accepted the requests. His Holiness hopes Tibetan people will understand in the long run,” the Tibetan Prime Minister Samdong Rinpoche said, responding to a media question on the Dalai Lama’s response to requests from Tibetan people asking him not to devolve his political leadership.
Later after the official function, hundreds of Tibetans and supporters took to the streets in Dharamsala, the seat of Tibet’s government in exile in North India, to mark the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising against Chinese rule on Thursday, March 10 2011.