The masses gathered on Potala Palace Square in Lhasa yesterday for a General Assembly marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region. State media were present to extensively cover the event, with the first set of images shows the PLA female militia who were on parade at the commemorations.
The parade featured lots of military and giant floats, just like the recent Victory Day parade in Beijing.
Children from, according to state-media, the first primary school established in Tibet joined in by waving flags and cheering on the soldiers.
See more images from the event below.
Yu Zhengsheng, one of the Communist Party’s top officials in charge of religious groups and ethnic minorities, used the occasion to denounce the Dalai Lama.
Standing in front of Potala Palace, the former home of the exiled spiritual leader, Yu echoed the government in stressing that the Dalai Lama is a separatist trying to obtain greater autonomy for the region.
“People of all ethnicities are steadfastly engaged in a struggle against separatism, continuously thwarting the Dalai clique and foreign hostile forces’ splittist and sabotage activities,” he was quoted as saying in a Reuters report.
Reuters added that state media also used reports covering the event to criticize the Dalai Lama. Rights group Free Tibet hit back by calling the celebration a Mao-era spectacle “dressed up in 21st century PR”.
by Daniel Cunningham