Delhi March 11: Over a hundred Tibetan Youth Congress activists held a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Delhi yesterday and were detained at Chanakyapuri Police Station. March 10, 2015 marks 56 years since the Lhasa Uprising in 1959. On that day, Tibetans stood up against the Chinese government with the courage and determination to proclaim and protect the Tibetan Government and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thousands of Tibetans lost their lives and therefore TYC commemorates this day, and pays our deepest respect and homage to our brothers and sisters inside Tibet and in exile who have sacrificed their lives through various forms of protests against China’s illegal occupation of our nation and vow to continue our work for the freedom and independence of Tibet and the Tibetan people until the Tibet issue is resolved.

TYC states 10 March is a day when we reflect upon history and the events that unfolded in Lhasa. We must understand what the uprising was for and most importantly when we observe this Tibetan National Uprising Day, we must work to fulfill the wishes and demands of those that sacrificed their lives for Tibet.10 March is also a day to remember who we are and where we are headed to and as a Tibetan to pledge your commitment and responsibility for your country – and in doing so, understand that unity, optimism and strategy lies at the core of our struggle.

“We want to send a clear message to the Chinese government that as long as the illegal occupation of Tibet continues, as long as the oppression continues, the discrimination continues and Tibetan people are denied human rights and freedom, our resistance will continue, our revolution will go on and we will assert our rights for the freedom and complete independence of Tibet”, said Tenzing Jigme, President of Tibetan Youth Congress who was also arrested at the protest in Delhi.

TYC calls upon Tibetans living in exile and inside Tibet to remain united and steadfast in our movement. The Chinese government will never be able to break the will and spirit of the Tibetan people. Tibetans in Tibet and in exile remain more defiant than ever and today we send a message to China that until and unless the Beijing government changes its stance on Tibet, the Tibetan people will continue to rise and resist and our Revolution will grow stronger and bigger.

Tibetan Youth Congress is the largest Tibetan NGO in exile working for the freedom and independence of the Tibetan people. TYC has more than 35,000 members and 88 chapters worldwide. Today, TYC chapters across the world are holding protests in Chinese Consulates to condemn China’s illegal occupation of Tibet and demands Tibet’s freedom.