Speaker unveiled a book about non-violent resistance.
After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949, On 1st March 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, then only 24 years old, was invited to a theatrical performance near Lhasa at the People’s liberation Army headquarters . As he was told not to come with any of his usual entourage, including security, this invitation attracted suspicion among the Tibetan people. On 10th March 1959, thousands of Tibetans from all works of life surrounded Norbulingka Palace to prevent His Holiness from accepting the Chinese army’s invitation. For Tibetans, His Holiness and Tibet are inseparable. So protecting His Holiness equated to protecting Tibet. our nation. His Holiness, afraid of being abducted then fled Tibet disguised as a soldier under the cover of darkness. And subsequently around 80,000 Tibetans followed him into exile to India.
Since his exile, from his residence and the headquarter of the Tibetan government in in Exile in Dharamsala, His Holiness has raised awareness and support regarding Tibet. setting of a chain of events Beijing could not have predicted and surely did not intend.
Today, the Active Nonviolence Education Center (ANEC) not only celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 10th December 1989 for his commitment to nonviolence. We also remember and pay our tribute to individuals and organisation that have committed themselves to the cause adopting a nonviolent approach for sixty long years.
We have exhibited sixty photos to mark sixty years of the repressive Chinese occupation of Tibet. The photos on display illustrate how Tibetans have used a wide range of active nonviolent actions to voice their response to the repressive policies of China.
This exhibition aims to shed some light on nonviolent methods that Tibetans have used. In addition, It provides platform for introspection on ways to pursue active nonviolent in the future.