San Francisco, US — Commemorating of the 56th Tibetan National Uprising Day in San Francisco, US, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Ms Nancy Pelosi said she remains committed to helping Tibetans secure human rights and dignity.
Over a hundred Tibetans and Tibet supporters gathered in front of the San Francisco city hall to mark the event.
Among the crowd of Tibetan supporters gathered outside of the City Hall were Pelosi, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and Supervisor John Avalos, offered their support for Tibetans while commemorating the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and paying tribute to the ongoing resistance.
Addressing the gathering, Pelosi said, "our cause is securing the human rights and human dignity of the people of Tibet. To us, it is inevitable that Tibetans will be able to secure their rights and dignity."
"To the Chinese it is inconceivable that such a thing will happen. We have to bridge the distance between what is inconceivable to the Chinese and the inevitable to us," Pelosi said when expressing her strong support and solidarity with the Tibetan people.
Ms. Pelosi also told the gathering "the situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world."
"We will continue standing up and speaking out," Pelosi said, adding that she agreed with signs in the crowd that read, "China is responsible."
Pelosi also said she remains committed to helping Tibetans secure human rights and dignity and said she hopes His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who will turn 80 years old soon, will have a long life and that Tibet will again belong to Tibetans.
Mirkarimi described the 1959 uprisings as a "brutal genocide," while Avalos condemned the "illegal occupation of Tibet by China" in his address to the crowd.
"We will fight with you to make sure your voice is heard," Avalos said.
Mr Kaydor Aukartsang, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to North America, said the situation in Tibet remains grim and that current conditions are like a war zone.
He urged everyone taking part in the rallies held around the world today not to believe the rhetoric coming out of China that Tibetans are their own masters. He said the Tibetan people are not governing themselves.
Among the chants recited by the crowd as they headed into the street to march toward the Chinese Consulate on Laguna Street were, "Human rights in Tibet" and "China is guilty, guilty of genocide."
Tibetans and supporters marched from the Chinese Consulate to Justin Herman Plaza near the Ferry Building, where a candlelight vigil was held at evening.