The United States city of Richmond in California has issued a proclamation recognizing the upcoming 60th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10, 2019. The Richmond City Council has proclaimed the March 10, 2019 as ‘Tibet Day’ through the official declaration.
The proclamation signed by Mayor Tom Butt and Council Member Eduardo Martinez reads, “On March 10, 2019, Californians, including Tibetan Americans, residing in Richmond and surrounding regions will gather to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet…”
While the official declaration condemns continued human rights crisis inside Tibet against the native Tibetans under the occupation of China, it also described about the discrimination faced by Americans when trying to visit Tibet. It also highlighted the self immolation campaigns by Tibetans inside Tibet, calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
It also added that the City of Richmond has a long history of support for the Tibetan people ns supports the initiatives on Tibet in the United States Congress; and the Richmond City Council affirms the determination of the Tibetan people in Tibet and outside, including the Tibetan Americans, to retain their heritage and protect it from destruction against overwhelming odds through non-violent and peaceful means.
The Californian city of Albany too issued the same proclamation ahead of the 59th Tibetan National Uprising Day last year. The significant date of March 10 this years marks the 60th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day and Tibetans across the world are gearing up for demonstrations against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.