Blog: Honouring Tibet’s heroes

Namgyal and Tasha with the billboard design Free Tibet is crowdfunding for
Namgyal and Tasha with the billboard design Free Tibet is crowdfunding for

15th March 2016
Post by Tasha

Last week was the 57th anniversary of 10 March - Tibetan Uprising Day - the date in 1959 when tens of thousands of Tibetans rose up against the Chinese invasion. The date was marked around the world by Tibetans and supporters, with events in the UK organised by Tibetan Community UK, Free Tibet, Tibetan Women’s Association and Tibet Society.

At Free Tibet’s event on Saturday, Lobsang Tsering joined us from Paris. He was born in Tibet and is the nephew of political prisoner Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. He spoke movingly of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s work in his community and experience in Chinese prison where he was subjected to torture before dying under suspicious circumstances last summer. Lobsang Tsering stressed that Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s case is just one of thousands of Tibetans who have suffered under China’s occupation.

In her speech on Thursday, Tibetan Community UK representative Tenzin Zega also took the opportunity to explain that we should avoid referring to 10 March 1959 as a “failed uprising” as Tibetan resistance has continued ever since that day.

We’re using crowdfunding to raise up to $10,000 to run billboards honouring some of the thousands of Tibetans who have resisted China’s rule.

At Free Tibet we work with our research partner Tibet Watch to obtain and share as many stories about Tibet’s resistance as possible. From campaigning for Tibet’s Robed Resisters to providing evidence to the United Nations on China’s use of torture in Tibet.

We’re also currently trying something a bit different. We’re using crowdfunding to raise up to $10,000 to run billboards in New York, London and Sydney, reminding the world that Tibet is still ‘unfree’ and honouring some of the thousands of Tibetans who have resisted China’s rule. We’ve already raised $4,500 in one week, with another week to go – so please help us hit our target by chipping in and spreading the word.

Every face on the billboard will belong to a Tibetan hero who has stood up for their country. If you donate $50 or more, you can choose a Tibetan who you would like to be featured.

Not only will these billboards put the truth about Tibet in front of hundreds of thousands of people, they will also send a strong message to China that Tibet supporters around the world are standing in solidarity with Tibetans.

Thank you for everything you do - we won't stop until Tibet is a 'land of the free'.

Josey and Khenpo Kartse
Joel and Ngawang Sangdrol
Namgyal and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Images from Tibetan Uprising Day 2016 in London

Uprising Day 2016
Uprising Day 2016
Uprising Day 2016
Uprising Day 2016
Uprising Day 2016
Uprising Day 2016

About the author: Natasha is Free Tibet's Digital Officer. She has been an active supporter of Tibet since 2011, when she spent a few months living in India and volunteering with some of the Tibetan exile NGOs. She works across our website and other online channels - including our 130,000-strong Facebook community - helping to make sure as many people understand the truth about Tibet as possible.