A march to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising was held in Taipei today. The march was organised by the Taiwan Friends of Tibet. Several hundred people including members of the local Tibetan community and supporters of Tibet gathered at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. From there they marched through the streets of Taipei to the finishing point at Taipei 101. Many people in the march shouted slogans like "Boycott Beijing Olympics!" and "Free Tibet!".
It should be noted that although many Tibet Support Groups are campaigning for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, His Holiness the Dalai Lama supports the games. His position on the issue is clarified on the Tibetan Affairs blog.
Two monks say a short prayer at the start of the rally.
The official representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, Tsegyam, gave a short speech at the start of the rally.
Amongst the groups participating in the march was the "Freddy action team". They are members of the DPP's youth campaign team in the Presidential election.
This poster is a sobering reminder that the whereabouts of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, remain unknown. He went missing, presumably taken prisoner by the Chinese government, shortly after he was recognised by the Dalai Lama in May 1995. The sign says, "youngest political prisoner, Panchen Lama".
Two women holding a Tibetan flag with the words, "Tibet will be free".
The march went on a route through the eastern part of Taipei. The photo above was taken on Zhongxiao East Road.
The march came to an end at Taipei 101. An announcement was made that the Tibetan Olympic torch will return to Taipei on 3 July.
*more photos in the Free Tibet march set at flickr.
Update: Report on the march in the Taipei Times: Parade marks Tibetan uprising.