Tibetans and their supporters have
held protests and prayers around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of a
failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
Hundreds of pro-Tibet activists in Australia's capital,
Canberra, marched from Parliament House to the Chinese embassy to demand more
freedom for Tibet. Police arrested four people who broke through fencing around
a designated protest site.
Several Australian lawmakers
joined the march, including a ruling party member, Michael Danby, who said he
ignored a letter from the Chinese ambassador asking him not to take
In Nepal, hundreds of Tibetans held a mass prayer
at a monastery near the capital, Kathmandu. Some shouted pro-Tibet slogans and
scuffled with Nepalese police who were deployed at the site to prevent
Nepal's government said it
also banned protests around the Chinese embassy to try to preserve friendly
relations with Beijing. Nepal is home to thousands of Tibetan exiles, many of
whom held daily anti-China protests last year that often led to violent
confrontations with police.
Taiwan's main opposition
party organized a pro-Tibet rally in the southern city of Kaohsiung, where it
controls the local government. The Democratic Progressive Party declared Tuesday
"Tibet Day" to support what it regards as Tibet's struggle for freedom from
Pro-Tibet activists also held
a candlelight vigil in Taiwan's capital, Taipei, in memory of Tibetans killed by
Chinese security forces. Taiwan's Beijing-friendly government made no public
comment on the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising.
In other events marking the occasion, Buddhist monks in Japan
prayed for peace in Tibet, while Czech Environment Minister Martin Bursik
hoisted a Tibetan flag outside his office. The Czech Republic holds the rotating
presidency of the European Union.
U.S. lawmakers are scheduled
to vote this week on a nonbinding resolution that calls for a multilateral
effort to bring about a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue.
On Monday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told lawmakers
gathered for a commemoration of the uprising that the human rights situation in
Tibet deteriorated over the past year.
China's foreign ministry urged U.S. lawmakers Tuesday not to
pass the resolution, saying it opposes any country interfering in its internal
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