Today is March 10th, the anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising. Around the world Tibetans and their supporters are commemorating 49th anniversary of the uprising of tens of thousands of Tibetans against China’s illegal military occupation of Tibet. That uprising created an opening that allowed the Dalai Lama to flee into exile. March10.org describes the situation:
Despite China’s best attempts to destroy the Tibetan spirit, Tibetan resistance has continued for nearly half a century inside Tibet and in exile communities worldwide.
This year, with all eyes focused on the Olympics in China, Tibetans and supporters worldwide are protesting the Chinese government’s use of the Olympics as a political tool to legitimize its illegal occupation of Tibet.
Join the Global Uprising for Tibet! Help us draw attention to the worsening human rights situation inside Tibet. Help us use the Olympics spotlight to shame and embarrass the Chinese government and show them that until Tibet is free, China will never be never be accepted as a leader on the world stage.
In addition to organizing demonstrations and marches today in honor of Tibetan Uprising Day, Students for a Free Tibet has assembled some incredibly cool technology to cover today’s events. They have set up M10 Live – a page that has live streaming video piped in from Olympia, Greece, India, New York, and more, all playing through an embedded Mogulus channel. Additionally, they’re posting photos, text messages, and audio reports that are being submitted from around the world by people in attendance at their marches. Cell phone pictures and videos are being combined with live streams to give people a full range of information coming in from around the world. They’ve also posted a Google map with locations of protests and marches around the world.
Right now I’m watching a stream from Dharamsala, India, where a group of Tibetan exiles and refugees are starting a return match to Tibet. They will walk through India and return to Tibet for the first time since they were forced into exile. The marchers will be documenting their trip, using cell phones, wifi, laptops, and other cool tech tools to provide an inside view of their trip.
I’ll have updates later today.