In a historic move by the Tibet supporters in London, the Tibetan national flag was raised for the first time at the Waltham Forest Town Hall of East London on Tuesday. As reported in the official website of Central Tibetan Administration, it is historically the first time ever such an event was carried out in the region of London Borough.
More than 80 people consisting of local Tibetans and supporters including the Mayor and other officials took part in the flag raising ceremony. The ceremony also saw a Tibetan cultural performance by the local Tibetan. The Tibetan flag was raised to mark the remarkable success of the democratic process adopted by the Tibetans, for the past almost six decades.
“Local Tibetans and supporters alike, numbering more than 80, gathered in the foreground of Waltham Forest Town Hall of East London this morning as the Tibetan national flag was raised for the first time in the history of this London Borough. The Mayor, Councillor Sally Littlejohn; Leader of Waltham Forest Council Clare Coghill; local Councillor Kastriot Berberi and few officials of the Council were present as the Tibet flag was raised on the flag pole outside the grand Town Hall.” said the report in the official website of Central Tibetan Administration.
Local Councillor Kastriot Berberi, who was the host of the event, welcomed everyone to the flag-raising ceremony and also spoke about how he planned the event along with the local Tibetan people. The Mayor, Councillor Sally Littlejohn expressed her happiness on seeing so many Tibetans present for the ceremony and wished them all on the occasion of Tibetan Democracy Day.
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the UK, Northern Europe, Baltic States and Poland Mr Chonpel Tsering firstly thanked The Mayor, Councillor Sally Littlejohn; Leader of Waltham Forest Council Clare Coghill; local Councillor Kastriot Berberi and others involved for hosting the event according to the report.