Tibetan Uprising Day organizers lead march to UN
Several hundred Tibetans marched together from Downtown Brooklyn all the way to the United Nations building in Manhattan Friday, in observation of Tibetan Uprising Day.
Tibetan Uprising Day, observed every March 10, honors the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation.
This year marks the 58th anniversary of the uprising, and hundreds joined in the march to the U.N. building to show support for the Tibetan people still fighting for religious and political freedom from Chinese occupation.
Organizers say that despite a divided political landscape, they are hopeful the new United States administration will show support for their people.
"America plays a huge role in the world stage as a leader of the free world," says Urgyen Badheytsang, of Students for a Free Tibet. "And we believe that if America makes a strong stance, it can help other nations also join in and bring a call to the resolution to the crisis in Tibet."