Tuesday, March 13, 2007

RTWA, MN marked the 48th Tibetan Womens Uprising Day

March 12th, 2007

Minnesota - RTWA commemorated the 48th anniversary of Tibetan Womens Uprising Day at the State Capitol rotunda, paying tribute to all the martyrs and our courageous women freedom fighters.

The Tibetan womens movement earned worldwide recognition when Tibetan Women exiles protested in China in the 1970's with a black scarf over their mouth expressing the lack to freedom of expression and speech in China.

Two days after the Tibetan National Uprising day was brutally crushed by the Communist China, Tibetan women wasted no time and had organized a strong demonstration in Lhasa on March 12th, 1959.

One of the leaders of the Women's movement was none other than Kundeling Kunsang la, who never gave up and insisted on Tibetan resistance even under torture and thamzing. Venerable Palden Gyatso la who once witnessed Kunsang la thamzing calls her the "heroine of the Tibetan Uprising of 1959."

Tibetan women have actively participated in the resistance movement even before 1959 and continue to participate even today. Between 1987 and 1992, there had been over 150 demonstrations in Lhasa and other parts of Tibet. Many of these deomonstrations were either led by nuns or they had participated in it. Late Ani Pachen, Ama Adhe, Ngawang Sangdrol and Phuntsok Nyingdrol are among the released prisoners of conscience due to international pressure.

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