From right, Mayor Pavlína Springerová (Hradec Králové Democratic Club) and deputy Lukáš Řádek (TOP 09) hoisted the Tibetan flag in front of the Hradec Králové municipality, March 10, 2023, Hradec Králové.
Prague – In the Hradec Králové region, dozens of cities, municipalities and other institutions joined the Flag for Tibet campaign today. The representatives of the Hradec Králové region and Hradec Králové also hung the Tibetan flag in the morning. Last year in the regional capital, the approval of the hanging of the flag in the city council did not pass, and the council had to decide. This February, the city council voted unanimously to display the flag.
In the entire Hradec Králové region, 77 municipalities and cities signed up to the Flag for Tibet campaign this year. The city of Vamberk and the municipalities of Bystré and Libňatov joined this year. On the contrary, seven municipalities did not join last year, it follows from the datathe Lungta association, which tries to inform the Czech public about the situation in Tibet, about Tibetan culture and Buddhism. About 15 schools in the region also supported the campaign.
In 1996, Hradec Králové was one of the first cities in the Czech Republic to join the campaign. Later in the late 1990s and early 21st century, the city hall did not officially fly the flag. In recent years, the Tibetan flag has flown regularly in front of the municipality. This year she called for the nineteenth time.
“In occupied Tibet, basic human rights have been violated for decades, freedom of speech and freedom of political or religious belief are suppressed, the right to education is denied. We must not remain blind to the violation of human rights and the oppression of people,” said the mayor of Hradec Králové Pavlína Springerová (Hradecý Demokratický club).
On Saturday, the Tibetan flag will also fly on Sněžka in the Giant Mountains. The outing is organized by the senator and chairman of the senate of the Group of Friends of Tibet Přemysl Rabas (for the Senator 21 movement), the Veselý vylet information center and the organization Czechs Support Tibet. The meeting of the participants is at 12:00 at the Veselý vylet information center in Pec pod Sněžkou. This will be followed by a trip by cable car to the Růžová hora intermediate station and then a march to the top.
The Flag for Tibet campaign was created in the mid-1990s in Western Europe with the aim of pointing out the long-term violations of human rights in Tibet. The display of the Tibetan flag commemorates the suppression of an anti-Chinese uprising in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in 1959, after which the highest representative of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama, went into exile.