A Tibet Freedom Concert was held at Da’an Park in Taipei on Human Rights Day. The concert was headlined by Tibetan folk musician Techung and also included videos and speeches about human rights and the situation in Tibet.
SFT Executive Director Lhadon Tethong spoke about the importance of the Tibetans struggle for freedom and human rights. She thanked the Taiwanese people for the support they have given the Tibetan people. She expressed the hope that the Taiwanese people would not lose their freedom like the Tibetans had lost theirs. Lhadon is currently on a speaking tour visiting university campuses in Taiwan. NCCU Professor Sun Da-chuan spoke about the situation of indigenous peoples in Taiwan.
The first musical performance was by Taiwanese musician Chen Yung Tao (陳永淘).
He was followed by an awesome and inspiring set from Techung and his band. Techung plays traditional Tibetan folk music using a variety of traditional Tibetan instruments. His music also has a contemporary flavour added by the backing of his band. At the end of the concert everyone received a CD of Techung’s music, a wonderful and generous gift.
The concert was organised by Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Taiwan Association for Human Rights. More photos can be found in the Tibet Freedom Concert set at flickr.
Earlier in the afternoon I visited the Tibetan refugees at Freedom Square whom I had encountered the day before. There is a report in Chinese about the Tibetan refugees on PeoPo, the citizens news channel. The first video shows the Tibetans at the KMT Headquarters. The second video shows them visiting DPP Headquarters. The Wild Strawberry Movement blog reports that the Tibetans were forcefully evicted by police at 4:00am this morning. 40 students from the Wild Strawberries were also taken away by police.