10 March marks the anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against the Chinese occupation. On this date, fearful of plans to abduct the Dalai Lama, 300,000 Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace to offer protection. The Chinese responded with widespread brutality and one week later the Dalai Lama fled over the mountains to India. Tibetans have resisted China's rule ever since.
Every year, Tibetans and their supporters all over the world mark this date in their countries to show their support to Tibetans in Tibet.
In the UK this year, the 57th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day was marked with the following events - all of which were free and open to all:
- Thursday 10 March, 11.15am: wreath-laying ceremony organised by Tibet Society.
- Thursday 10 March, 1.30pm: protest outside Chinese Embassy organised by the Tibetan Community in Britain.
- Saturday 12 March, 12.30-2.30pm: speaker event with guest speakers including Lobsang Tsering, nephew of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, organised by Free Tibet.
- Saturday 12 March, 6.30 - 9.30pm: commemoration of Tibetan Women's Uprising Day, organised by UK Tibetan Women’s Association.
- See upcoming events in the UK here.
- For Uprising Day events worldwide, see the International Tibet Network map.
View video and images of Tibet Uprising Day in London in 2016 below.