Vice President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress organizes 10-day march for a free Tibet

02 June 2021 09:23 STI

Toronto [Canada], June 2 (ANI): Sunny Sonam, vice president of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress in Canada, recently embarked on a 10-day march to protest China’s occupation of Tibet, TAG TV reported .

Walking nearly 180 km, Sonam passed through the Canadian towns of St. Catherine, Winina, Grimsby, Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto, calling for a free Tibet and Hong Kong and an end to Chinese occupation.
Sonam began his walk from the Rainbow Bridge at the Canada-U.S. Border to the Chinese Consulate, TAG TV reported.

Addressing a gathering of people, he said: “I walked for almost 170-180 km. The reason I walked is for our brothers and sisters who are still struggling inside Tibet. (It’s the) same thing in Hong Kong, same thing with Uzbekistan. So, we must never forget that our brothers and sisters are still suffering there.
He and the other protesters also waved the slogans “Free Tibet!” China out! ”And“ Free Hong Kong! ”
The Chinese government occupied Tibet in 1950 and has since tried to control the area, destroying 98 percent of the monasteries and convents.
China is using the same tactics of repression against Tibet that it has used against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, with around 500,000 Tibetans currently being held in labor camps.
Many experts have pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party and its assimilation policies and programs in Tibet have threatened Tibetan history, heritage, culture and identity for the past 70 years.
According to Freedom House, a non-governmental organization (NGO), Tibet is now ranked as the least free country in the world, tied with Syria. Most Buddhist places across the country are banned, their flags ripped off and nuns and monks locked in camps as China tries to eradicate this ancient culture.
Recently, several countries staged protests on the 26th anniversary of the enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima from Tibet and accused Beijing of interfering in the centuries-old religious tradition of reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism. (ANI)