Protest in Brussels to Highlight Situation in Tibet

A peaceful protest outside La Bourse in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: TPI/Dennis Barbion

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Brussels — The Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Society, the Tibetan Youth Congress, and Chushi Gangdruk jointly organized a peaceful protest outside La Bourse in Brussels, Belgium on June 4, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The protest aimed to highlight the current situation in Tibet as well as commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre 23 years ago, when Chinese students protested in Beijing, demanding reform in China. Shortly afterward, they were joined by 500,000 people from all strata of society. The government responded by sending in tanks and troops and killing several thousand protesters.

Last week, two Tibetan pilgrims self-immolated outside the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa to protest against Chinese oppression in Tibet. A few days later, a young Tibetan mother of three, Rikyo, also self-immolated in the Ngaba region.

The Brussels protest was well attended by Tibetans living in Belgium and some Belgian supporters. A member of the Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Society made a speech explaining the current situation in Tibet.

There were also speeches from the Tibetan Youth Congress and Chushi Gangdruk. Flyers about the dire situation in Tibet were distributed, and the protest ended with the singing of the Tibetan national anthem.