100s march in Taipei for 1959 Tibetan uprising
CNATAIPEI--Hundreds of activists and pro-Tibet groups in Taiwan marched in downtown Taipei Sunday to mark the 54th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against China's invasion.
March 11, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
The participants held up placards showing the first Tibetans who self-immolated in the 1990s as a form of protest against China's repressive rule.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang joined the march and said he hoped Tibetans would be able to enjoy actual freedom as soon as possible.
Su also posted an article on his Facebook page that said 109 Tibetans have committed self-immolation since 2009 to protest the Chinese government's violation of religious, cultural and human rights.
Su urged President Ma Ying-jeou to not ignore the human rights issue amid increasing exchanges between Taiwan and China.
Tsai Ing-wen, former chairwoman of the DPP, said on her Facebook page, “I'm a Tibetan. We are all Tibetans,” drawing on John F. Kennedy's famous “I'm a Berliner” speech.
Meanwhile, in response to questions about Saturday's nationwide anti-nuclear protest, Su said it showed the public wanted Taiwan's nuclear power plants to be scrapped.
He said that Ma's decision to respond to the rallies with a single press statement was “arrogant and disregarded public opinion.”
On Sunday's resumption of talks under a U.S.-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and the issue of ractopamine in U.S. meat, Su urged Ma to stick to the government's pledge to maintain the ban on U.S. pork containing the veterinary leanness-enhancing drug.