March 26th, 2009 5:33 pm | by Shawn O'bryant News | Posted In: Politics

Here's Why Tibetans Will Be Protesting in Pioneer Courthouse Square

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To mark the time 50 years ago that the Dalai Lama was forced into exile amid the Tibetan uprising, China has declared a new holiday, “Serfs' Emancipation Day.”

The day will be observed annually in Tibet on March 28, beginning this Saturday. But in Tibetan refugee communities worldwide, including here in Portland, consider the day another blatant propaganda attempt that mis-represents the Tibetan plight.

The announcement comes at a volatile time considering last year's Tibetan Uprising Day protests turned to riots where between 20-100 people are believed to have been killed in Lhasa, Tibet's capital city.

The Northwest Tibetan Youth Congress will hold a peaceful protest in Pioneer Square this Saturday at 4 pm. Protesters also will hold a candlelight vigil to “pray for an end to all the suffering of Tibetans under the brutal Chinese occupation and to pray for an end to the suffering of people around the world experiencing similar hardships,” according to the group's press release

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