The U.S. state of Washington and the city of Seattle have declared March 10th "Tibet Day" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
Governor Christine Gregoire noted that Washington was the first state to receive Tibetan immigrants and praised Tibetan-Americans for their contributions to the social, artistic and economic vitality of her state and the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels hailed the roles of the Tibetan community in shaping the city's history, economy and culture by sharing their values and tradition of freedom, ingenuity and community service.
The Chinese government has set up March 28th to celebrate what it calls the 50th anniversary of the emancipation of serfs and slaves in Tibet.
Exiles and activist groups say Chinese security forces have locked down Tibet and areas of western China that have Tibetan populations.
March 10th, marks the anniversary of a 1959 Tibetan uprising that failed to oust Chinese rulers from the region.
That uprising ended with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, fleeing into exile in India