Geneva: In an extraordinary gesture of solidarity and support for the peaceful non-violent resistance by Tibetan people on the 62nd Tibetan National Uprising Day, 1434 institutions across seven countries under the jurisdiction of Tibet Bureau Geneva hoisted Tibetan national flags. The countries include Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Slovakia and Hungary.
In Switzerland, several municipalities and town halls in the Cantons of Aargau, Basel, Geneva, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Vaud and Zurich hoisted the Tibetan National Flag on 10 March demonstrating their solidarity with Tibet. The municipality of Bardonnex hoisted the Tibetan National Flag for the entire month of March and the municipality of Bernex hoisted the flag for the entire week of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
Furthermore, a large Tibetan national flag was unveiled in Habsburg Castle, the seat of Habsburg dynasty, one of the first dynasties in Europe. The castle is also one of the first castles in the world to enter into partnership with China under “castle diplomacy.”
In Germany, more than 440 cities, municipalities and districts raised the Tibetan National flag in solidarity with Tibet’s struggle for freedom and justice.
In Czech Republic, the vice-president of the Czech senate in a historic move hoisted the Tibetan national flag on the parliament building for the first time in history. The President of the Senate called it an important initiative showing support to Tibet and Tibetans. Furthermore, over 946 town halls, municipalities and learning centers in Czech Republic hoisted the Tibetan national flag.
In Austria, the town halls of Innsbruck, Tyrol, Linz and Kufstein hoisted Tibetan National Flag. Town hall in Kufstein hoisted the Tibetan National flag for the entire week.
Similarly, town halls in Verese Provice and Council of Piemonte in Torino, Italy raised Tibetan National flags. Furthermore, President of the Umbria Region, Mr. Marco Squarta expressed his support for peaceful non-violent resistance by Tibetan people and condemned the Chinese oppression in Tibet.
Representative Chhimey Rigzen thanked the municipalities and town halls for their solidarity and support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. The expression of their support by hoisting the Tibetan National flag on the Tibetan National uprising day inspires the Tibetan movement for freedom. Furthermore, Representative Chhimey thanked Tibet Support Groups and Tibetan communities for all their coordination and successful flag hoisting campaign.