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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Wednesday, March 10, 2004



2. Tibetans in Nepal defy ban on rallies to mark uprising anniversary (AFP)


KATHMANDU, March 10, (AFP) - More than 5,000 Tibetans in Kathmandu publicly
prayed for peace on the 45th anniversary of the uprising that sent the Dalai
Lama into exile, defying a ban on Tibetan rallies in Nepal.

Monks and nuns offered prayers and held up placards reading "Free Tibet" as
schoolchildren sang the anthems of both Tibet and Nepal in a predominantly
Buddhist area of Kathmandu.

The Dalai Lama's representative in Nepal, Wangchuk Tsering, laid a khada, a
traditional white scarf, on a portrait of the Dalai Lama and told the crowd
that Tibetans hoped 2004 would see "a significant breakthrough" with China.

Police did not intervene, but were deployed to prevent the procession from
entering one of Kathmandu's best-known monuments, Buddhanath, a towering
Buddhist temple believed to date from the seventh century, witnesses said.

Nepal, which is careful not to antagonise its giant neighbour to the north,
officially bars all Tibetan protests.

Some 35,000 Tibetans have moved to Nepal since the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa for
India amid a failed uprising that erupted on March 10, 1959.

The Dalai Lama, in a message for the anniversary, called on China to prove
to the world it was a "responsible" power by resolving the fate of Tibet
through negotiations.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Forty-Fifth Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day
  2. Tibetans in Nepal defy ban on rallies to mark uprising anniversary (AFP)
  3. Dharamsala: the tourist town the Tibetan exodus built (AFP)
  4. Website offers 22,000-dollar reward for information on Panchen Lama (AFP)
  5. Tibetan martyrs remembered in memorial service
  6. East meets West in Swiss Tibet (SI)
  7. Xinhua 10 March 2004 Qinghai-Tibet railway to shore up tourists to world's roof (Xinhua)
  8. A struggle for spiritual freedom in China (WP)
  9. Himalayan high Tibetan Buddhist monks mix practice & politics at Bard



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