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Tibetan Independence Day Celebrated Worldwide

Tibetans and supporters worldwide commemorated Tibetan Independence Day on February 13 to celebrate Potala Palace, as a historical monument symbolic of Tibet's independent past. Students for a Free Tibet chapters around the world took part in the annual tradition of marking the day the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet re-declared Tibetan independence after driving out officials of the Qing dynasty from Tibet. Events ranged from panel discussions on Potala Palace to Tibetan traditional dance,to concerts and festivals, to poetry readings and local outreach drives.

Students for a Free Tibet condemn China-led Kalachakra with ‘fake’ Panchen Lama, call for release of imprisoned Tibet’s Panchen Lama

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) condemned China’s effort to forcefully legitimize the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyancain Norbu, by hosting a state-controlled Kalachakra, an important and complex ritual in Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual is taking place in Shigatse, Tibet between July 21-24, while Tibet's Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, still remains China’s captive after 21 years.

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