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Tibetan “Serf’s Emancipation Day” Commemorated in San Francisco

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Get up to speed on the Orwellian Serf’s Emancipation Day here. Today’s protest at the Chinese consulate was relatively small, with about 200 fired-up Tibetans chanting and singing.

Only one lane of Geary Boulevard was shut down to traffic today, as opposed to all four during the last go around: Click to expand:

Fifty years of resistance, 1959-2009:

The horn-honking of solidarity with the protesting crowd from passing traffic was infectious:

A perspective on public relations:

From the Chinese point of view there are perfectly legitimate internal communications (or propaganda, if you prefer) reasons to designate this holiday. It’s a high-profile re-statement of the official Chinese “emancipation” narrative on the annexation of Tibet, an important pillar of legitimacy and a cornerstone of the messaging that is used to this day to justify that annexation to both internal and external audiences. Unfortunately, loaded with unintentional irony as it is, “Serf Emancipation Day” is going to enter foreign ears like a butcher knife coated in rock salt.”

How Will You Celebrate Tibetan Serf’s Emancipation Day in San Francisco?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well rejoice, damn you, March 28 is now officially Serf’s Emancipation Day (農奴解放日 / 农奴解放日). The powers that be in China have blocked the YouTube, possibly to avoid the viewing of this particular video (although there could be a host of non Tibet-related reasons for this YT blockage). For her part, “disgusting” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still hammering China this month about the Tibetan issue.

More locally, there’ll be a few folks in San Francisco commemorating March 28, but they won’t be in a celebratory mood. San Francisco Team Tibet has a bit of info about what will occur at the San Francisco Chinese Consulate tomorrow

Hopefully people from one side won’t start hanging themselves off of the consulate 30 feet in the air and people from the other side won’t cut any ropes, you know, the way it went down last year on Laguna Street.

50 Years of Enslavement – March 28

  • Peace March for Tibet (Berkeley Downtown Bart Station) 10 – 12pm
    1. Tibetan National Anthem
    2. Opening Statement
    3. Memang Langlu
    4. Peace March Begins
    5. Rally Back at Berkeley Downtown Bart Station
    6. Announce next programs in SF.
  • Chinese Consulate Protest (Laguna & Geary St) 2pm – 3:30pm
    1. Shout Slogans
    2. Speech by Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress
    3. Memang Langlu
    4. Shout Slogans
    5. Dentsi Monlam
    6. March to Union Square in Small Groups without Banners.
    • Union Square Event 4:30pm – 6:30pm
      1. Introduction by MC – Sonam Lama
      2. Tibetan National Anthem
      3. Opening Statement (Chemi)
      4. TANC Executive Member
      5. TANC Dance group
      6. BAFOT President
      7. Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress (Dhondup Dorjee la)
      8. Marian Wong (Chinese American)
      9. SFRTYC (Tsering Choeden)
      10. Political Theater
      11. Memang Langlu
      12. Former President of SFRTYC (Dasang la)
      13. SFT Speaker
      14. Candle Light Vigil
      15. Word of Thanks (SFRTYC – Tsedor)