Scene: Tibetan Protest March and Cultural Rally
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Scene: Tibetan Protest March and Cultural Rally

WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square

WHEN: The afternoon of Saturday, March 10.

WHAT: Several hundred members of Toronto’s Tibetan community and their supporters gathered in Parkdale and marched to Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend, to mark the anniversary of the 1959 rebellion against the occupation of Tibet by the army of the People’s Republic of China. (One poignant moment: during the rally, a Chinese man near the front of the stage yelled into the crowd offering his support and love. The crowd responded with “Thank you, we love you too.”) Over the past year, approximately two dozen Tibetans have lit themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule; most of them have died from their injuries. This weekend’s event was described by organizers as a “mobile exhibit” of Tibetan culture: many participants wore traditional dress and carried ritual musical instruments.

Photographic note: these images were shot with medium-format film and scanned into digital files.