A Tibetan cyclists made a tour of Geneva to create momentum for greater awareness and participation in the annual March rally commemorating the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
"Cycling for Tibet in Geneva (individual action) - March 12th marked the 59th Anniversary of the National Tibetan Women's Uprising Day. Tibetan women have been an integral part of the non-violent resistance movement and continue to be the backbone of the community to this day," Dekyi Dolkar, an energetic Tibetan activist has issued a statement.
"To commemerate and celebrate all the Tibetan women thrivers, sisters, daughter, mothers, lovers, rebels and nomads, this whole week, I am cycling around Geneva with a Tibetan flag that is very colourful to make Tibet visible again. I am covering the streets (plain palais, servette, eaux-vives etc) which were unfortunately not authorised by Geneva police on 10th March for Tibetan rally.
Since Tibetan issues or documentary films are not shown or discussed at the renowned International Human Rights Film Festival (FIFDH 9-18th March, perhaps maybe next year), I am actively attending it with a Tibetan Flag and speaking up (or questioning) for Tibet including to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and the team of world organization against Torture (OMCT), journalists and locals etc. FYI, I absolutely do not appropriate any Flags (except the ones of the oppressed groups or people), any destructive concepts of man-made nationalism, borders, racism and discrimination."
"At this critical time, silence will not protect us even though the world is silent and often indifferent to human rights abuses happening in China and around the globe. Nevertheless, I do believe in grass roots mobilisations, individual and coalition actions between marginalised groups and I am passionate to be the change I wish to see in this world.
Like many, I choose to speak my free mind against overwhelming prejudices and stand along with invisible groups and people around the world. Freedom is the change and let's embrace it together."
Slogan: Tibet needs you now and here. Tashi deleg.