Participants Tibetan flag on Sněžka event set off from Pec pod Sněžkou via Růžová hora (pictured), March 11, 2023, Pec pod Sněžkou, Trutnovsk Region. The ascent to Snezka took place on the occasion of the anniversary of the violent suppression of the Tibetan uprising and also as support for Ukraine, which is facing Russian aggression.
Pec pod Sněžkou (Trutnovsk Region) – On Sněžkou, together with the Tibetan flags, the Ukrainian flags flew again. Despite the windy weather, they were brought there by people who drew attention to the long-term violation of human rights in Tibet and expressed solidarity with its inhabitants with the happening Tibetan flag on Sněžka. Just like last year, the participants also showed their support for Ukraine, which has been facing Russian aggression for over a year. Pavel Klimeš, one of the organizers of the event, landscape ecologist, Krkonoše patriot and publisher of the Veselý vylet magazine, told ČTK. According to the organizers, this is an annual support for Tibet and peoples who are denied the right to freedom.
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” In the end, about 38 people went to the top, i.e. the majority of us who gathered down in Pec. Each of the participants had a Tibetan flag, there were two or three Ukrainian ones,” said Klimeš today.
According to him, the event is especially important at the present time. “The situation in Tibet is getting worse and worse as China has better resources. And Ukraine? It is a mirror example, just as the Chinese attacked free Tibet, so last year at this time Russia attacked free Ukraine,” said Klimeš.
The participants of the event gathered around noon in Pec pod Sněžkou at the Veselý vylět information center and then climbed the tourist green route to Růžová hora and from there to Sněžkou. The original plan to take the cable car to the intermediate station on Růžová hora was canceled due to windy weather. The cabin lift on Sněžka, which has two sections, Pec – Růžová hora and Růžová hora – Sněžka, was not in operation today due to the strong wind. It can ride up to a wind speed of 60 km/h.
“The event has been held regularly since 2019. And as for the weather, it was quite comfortable for what it looked like in the morning. In the morning it was blowing a hundred, but in the afternoon the wind calmed down. The cable car was not running, so we walked the whole way. I'm glad the people from down under put it in, I was worried the forecast would put them off. We didn't hang the flags anywhere because the wind would blow them away, we had them on sticks. It was much worse with the weather this time in 2019, we they literally climbed Sněžka on all fours,” said Klimeš.
The Mountain Service (HS) issued a strong wind warning in the Giant Mountains today. According to the mountain rescuers, the wind speed in the morning on the highest Czech mountain reached average values between 70 and 80 km/h, but at maximums well over 100 km/h. The temperature on Sněžka was minus 7.5 degrees Celsius, felt over minus 20 degrees Celsius, HS reported.
Today's event is related to the Flag for Tibet campaign, which falls on March 10 and people remember the uprising of Tibet against Chinese occupation. The campaign was created in the mid-1990s in Western Europe with the aim of highlighting the long-term violations of human rights in Tibet. In the Hradec Králové region, dozens of town halls, schools and institutions joined the campaign on Friday.
The Chinese army occupied Tibet in 1950. The display of the Tibetan flag on March 10 commemorates the suppression of the anti-Chinese uprising in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in 1959 , after which the highest representative of Tibet, the fourteenth Dalai Lama, went into exile.