The 50th year anniversary of Tibet's oppression under Chinese government was today and thousands assembled in protest. The march began in Brooklyn then over the Brooklyn bridge towards the United Nations where others like myself waited in unity and chanted hoping to get the attention of the United Nations. The protest was very well organized, a lunch of turkey sandwiches and bananas was graciously distributed. Flags, pamphlets and buttons were provided and t-shirts for a $5 contribution. After assembling at the U. N., the march continued through the streets of New York City towards the Chinese consulate on 42st and 12th Avenue. There we demonstrated for about an hour before heading back to Union Square. Tibet has been under Chinese rule for "too long" as one chant sang, and something must be done to protect the human rights of the Tibetan people. They should be able to express themselves freely and be able to practice their faith without the fear of religious persecution which caused the exile of the Dali Lama. Tourists and the press are currently being denied entrance into Tibet by the Chinese government in order to hide the atrocities that are being committed against the peaceful Tibetan people and their Nation. The international community must address the issues in Tibet and demand change immediately. China needs to back off once and for all; the world is watching!

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