Thousands gathered at the centre of a Taipei shopping district on Saturday for a concert celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday and the 50th anniversary of his exile.
Hosted by Guts United, Taiwan, the Taiwan Indie Music Association and Taiwan Friends of Tibet, more than ten local bands performed on the stage in front of a back drop of the Tibetan flag, while audiences held up "Free Tibet". Organizers estimated more than 4,000 people attended the event.
The event reached its high point when Dawa Tsering, chairman of the Tibet Religious Foundation of the Dala Lama, Tashi Tsering, chairman of the Taiwan chapter of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, and Freddy Lim, founder of Guts United, Taiwan, led the participants in signing the letter "T" for Tibet and chanting "Free Tibet." Lim said the concert was aimed at voicing Taiwan's support of freedom, democracy and justice, and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that began on March 10, 1959.
Some information for this report was provided by Taiwan News.