Solidarity March, Protest, and Prayer for our Tibetan Sisters and Brothers
Wednesday, February 22nd
First Day of the Tibetan New Year
11am March (from NW 83rd/Greenwood Ave to Westlake Park)
3pm-5pm Protest and Prayer (Westlake Park)
March, Protest, and Prayer to stand in solidarity with our Tibetan sisters and brothers who are being jailed, beaten and murdered by Chinese military forces for speaking out against the Chinese government. Stop Tibetan Genocide!
Join us on the first day of Tibetan New Year to protest Chinese treatment of Tibetans, and to come together in solidarity for traditional prayer and meditation. Self-Immolations in and around Tibet have peaked the last two months in direct response to increasing attacks and human rights violations by the Chinese military.
Human rights violations to Tibetans by Chinese military are unprecedented at this time. Hundreds of convoys carrying Chinese military personnel with automatic machine guns have been making their way to Tibet. It appears as though the Chinese government is preparing for something incredibly tragic. Media censorship has made it near impossible for the situation to be accurately reported on. However, as of one week ago, undercover reporters have entered some of the most effected areas in and around Tibet including Aba, reporting that cities are lined with armed military vehicles as well as armed militia posted on many street corners. The increasing number of Tibetans self-immolating is no coincidence. In the last year alone, two-dozen Tibetan monks and nuns have self-immolated, twelve of which have occurred since December. Self-immolations by Tibetans are an ultimate sacrifice and desperate cry for help: Tibet is Burning! This is a call to action for each and every one of us, Tibet’s international community of brothers and sisters. As one person inside Tibet explained, “We are suffering a lot in our hearts, and when we can no longer bear it we burn ourselves to death.”
Tibetans are being jailed, beaten and even killed at this very moment for standing up for their people, land, and way of life. These are the consequences they suffer when protesting the Chinese government. We must stand strong with the Tibetans. They have called on us, and so we will come together as their sisters and brothers in a spirit of inherent unity and cooperation.
Please read this for more information about the situation in and around Tibet:
9:30am Prayer service at Sakya Monastery
10:45am Sangsol outside Gompa
11am Scarf offering for H.H the Dalai Lama and Sakya Dagchen Rimpoche
Advice/Speech by Avi Rimpoche
March for Tibet–from Sakya monastery to Downtown Seattle (via 15th Ave & Ballard bridge)
2pm-5pm: Gather at Westlake mall. Protest and prayer.