Dozens of members of Santa Fe’s Tibetan community and their supporters marched through the city’s streets Saturday and held a rally on the Plaza in commemoration of the 1959 uprising in Tibet against the People’s Republic of China.

Thousands of Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the nation’s capital, March 10, 1959, to protect the Dalai Lama and to protest China’s occupation of their homeland following an invasion. Many of those protesters lost their lives.

The Dalai Lama escaped to India after the deadly incident, and refugees of the troubled nation fled in swarms, including many who have made a life in Santa Fe. The Tibetan community here numbers about 140 people.

Meanwhile, China’s crackdown on civil liberties in Tibet continues.

“Tibetans and supporters of human rights commemorate this day to remind world leaders once again that Tibet still matters,” the Tibetan Association of Santa Fe said in a news release about the march.

Each year on March 10, Tibetan refugees all over the world march to remember the lives lost during the uprising more than six decades ago — and to raise awareness that human rights abuses continue in their homeland.

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