Tibetan National Uprising Day

On March 10, 1959, tens of thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, rising up against China’s illegal invasion and occupation of their homeland. They surrounded the Potala Palace, the home of the Dalai Lama, to protect his life and the future of the Tibetan nation. Tens of thousands were killed when Chinese soldiers opened fire but the Tibetans refused to surrender, and many risked their lives to ensure the success of the Dalai Lama’s escape into exile, where he has been a tireless advocate for his people.

March 10th has touched the lives of Tibetans past and present, now scattered across this world, from our great-grandparents seeking refuge from across Tibet in the streets of Lhasa, to our grandparents making the dangerous escape across the Himalayas with our infant parents, to a new generation being born and raised in exile. There is no other point in Tibet’s history that an event continues to touch our lives so intimately and one that continues to inspires generations of the courage, resilience and the hope of the Tibetan people and one that continues to fuel the Tibetan freedom movement.

Sixty years later, Tibetans are still filled with the same devotion and passion to safeguard their leader and homeland from China’s rule. Tibetans are still demanding independence and the freedom simply to be Tibetan – to speak their language, to practice their Buddhist religion, and to live freely in their own country.

Tibetans inside Tibet are unequivocally demonstrating that they will not be controlled by Beijing, nor can they tolerate the extreme repression they have been forced to endure for the past six decades.

At least 155 Tibetans inside Tibet have now self-immolated for freedom since 2009. 10 self-immolations by Tibetans have occurred in exile. Ever since March 10, 1959, Tibetans have risen up – from the protests of the 80s to the 2008 widespread uprising to the recent self-immolations – and are risking everything with the belief that their sacrifices would change the course of history for the future generation.

Today, an entirely new generation of Tibetans in Tibet and in exile are at the forefront of the Tibetan freedom movement, leading with passionate, smart and creative non-violent ways to finish what began over half a century ago.

On this annual day of resistance and hope for the Tibetan people, we pay tribute to the extraordinary courage of Tibetans resisting in Tibet, and all Tibetans, past and present who have courageously resisted China’s violent colonial rule. We urge citizens around the world to join us in calling for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet.

10th march 2019: 60th National Tibetan Uprising Day

This March 10th, on the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, all of us at SFT pledge to redouble our efforts to support the resistance in Tibet and renew our commitment to fight in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence.

From every corner of the world, Tibetans and their supporters will rise up for Tibet and:

  • Stand in solidarity with the Tibetan people to show them that they are not alone and that the world is responding to their calls for freedom;
  • Call our governments to action to challenge China’s repression in Tibet and to unite in action to help resolve the Tibet crisis;
  • Hold Xi Jinping and the Chinese government accountable for its extreme and violent policies against the Tibetan people; and
  • Commemorate Tibetans’ courageous resistance and demand freedom and justice for the Tibetan people.
10th march 2020: 61st national Tibetan uprising day

The 61st Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day was commemorated in Dharamshala led by the Five leading NGOs. 

61st Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising day was marked with paragliding banner action which reads “10th march: China Free Tibet Now!!  calling out China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. Also honoring the resistance and resilience, courage and efforts of Tibetans, both past and present on Tibetan National Uprising Day. National flags of Tibet and India were also flied over the Dharamshala by  Tibetan activists to showcase its respect and pride of two country.

10th march 2021: 62nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising day

March 10 is the  day that every Tibetan stands collectively and commemorates  the Tibetan uprising day.   This year SFT- India collaborating 5 leading NGO organized a protest march from McLeod, tsuklagkhang parking ground to kacheri police ground. Streets are full of Tibetan or non Tibetan holding Tibetan national flags or placards with different slogans shouting slogans and protest. Almost 400 people joined in the protest march.

    “Every year on March 10, my fellow Indians might have heard Tibetans be it the elders or youths shout the slogan ‘Tibet’s Independence, India’s Security’. I didn’t even understand the meaning of it at that time. But now we know as we’re witnessing China’s tactics of intimidation with its regular border infiltrations in India. This should be also understood by my fellow Indians that Tibet’s Independence ensures India’s lasting security.” 

                                                –  Mr.Ajit Nehria the President of Indo Tibet Friendship Association.

10th March 2022: 63rd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising day

Five Major NGOs based in Dharamshala organized a rally march from McLeod Ganj to Kacheri to commemorate the 63rd Tibetan National Uprising day. Tibetans around the world commemorate this significant and historical day, we would like to pay our homage and express our gratitude to all the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for Tibet. We stand in solidarity with those who continue to suffer the atrocities committed by the brutal Chinese Communist regime.

In lead up to 10 march, 5 NGOs painted all the shutters in Dharamshala main market with the message “FREE TIBET”. RESIST, REMEMBER AND RETURN.