Tibetan community to mark 60th anniversary of uprising with march, flag-raising 

  • Tenzin Yignyen, 7, of Brattleboro, Vermont, center, stands at Northampton City Hall on March 10, 2017, on the 58th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 3/5/2019 12:32:30 PM

AMHERST – Local Tibetans and Tibetan-Americans will mark the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising with a commemorative flag raising at Amherst Town Hall and walk from Amherst to Northampton on Sunday.

Coming on the heels of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act being signed into law in December, Thondup Tsering, president of the Regional Tibetan Association of Massachusetts in Amherst, told the Amherst Town Council this week that Sunday’s events will be an opportunity to celebrate the legislation while also paying tribute to those who have died in pursuit of Tibetan freedom.

Beginning on the steps of Amherst Town Hall at 10 a.m., the events will remember the 1.2 million Tibetans who lost their lives during the Chinese invasion and attack on Lhasa on March 17, 1959, and to honor those who still live in Tibet while under Chinese oppression.

The Town Council adopted a resolution that calls on the community to “recognize the local Tibetan-American community’s plea for justice for the people of Tibet” and that displaying the flag will “help cultivate awareness for all residents of Amherst.”

Tsering complimented U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, for authoring the bipartisan legislation which will penalize Chinese officials who bar American officials, journalists and other citizens from freely traveling to Tibet, and pushes back against its isolation of Tibet from the outside world.

Following the raising of the flag, which will remain displayed through March 17, the “Walk for Tibet” will begin, ending at Northampton City Hall.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com

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