Rep. Pelosi joins protesters at SF rally for Tibet 

click to enlarge Tibetans and Tibet supporters took to City Hall on Tuesday to commemorate the 1959 uprising in Tibet.  Hundreds of protesters came out to enjoy music, theatrical performances and speeches by, most notably, Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi offered her support and addressed the ongoing injustices in Tibet. - GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. Examiner
  • Tibetans and Tibet supporters took to City Hall on Tuesday to commemorate the 1959 uprising in Tibet. Hundreds of protesters came out to enjoy music, theatrical performances and speeches by, most notably, Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi offered her support and addressed the ongoing injustices in Tibet.

Hundreds of people, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, gathered in San Francisco Tuesday to remember those who lost their lives in Tibet during the March 10 uprisings in 1959 and to demand that the Chinese government uphold human rights in Tibet.

Pelosi, along with San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and Supervisor John Avalos, offered their support for Tibetans while commemorating the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and paying tribute to the ongoing resistance.

Among the crowd of Tibetan supporters gathered outside of City Hall were Deki Wangmo and her 88-year-old mother, Tsering Dolma.

Dolma recounted her escape from Tibet following the uprisings. Wangmo, who was only 4 years old when she left from Tibet on horseback with her family, translated for her mother.

Dolma said she remembers important people were imprisoned and Tibetan flags and money were burned following the uprising. She and her family traveled out of Tibet under the cover of night and hid in a forest. She remembers not being able to light fires for fear they would be discovered during their escape to Nepal.

After arriving in Nepal, her family headed to India before ultimately coming to the United States.

"We cannot go back to Tibet," Wangmo said, adding that as sad as self-immolations of Tibetan protesters are, she would do the same if she were living under oppression in Tibet.

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