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Demonstrators In NYC Call For Free Tibet On Anniversary Of Tibetan Uprising

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FILE - Pro-Tibet demonstrators protest outside the Chinese consulate in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

FILE – Pro-Tibet demonstrators protest outside the Chinese consulate in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Saturday marks the 53rd anniversary of the unsuccessful Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and in New York City, demonstrators calling for a free Tibet took to the streets.

Thousands of demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to the United Nations Saturday morning and then to the Chinese consulate chanting “China out of Tibet now!”

One man from Albany who took part in the protest said it’s time the world stands up for the people of Tibet.

“The message that China has sent to the world of a place where people’s lives and freedoms are respected is a lie,” he said. “Tibetans have given their lives to prove this false.”

Diane from Manhattan also took part in the march over Brooklyn Bridge.

“I think it’s important that the world see what’s going on in Tibet,” she said. “No one’s doing anything…and Tibetans are here to speak out against this.”

In Tibet, at least 14 people have set themselves on fire this year to protest China’s rule. China won’t let Tibetans practice their religion or culture.

Similar protests are taking place Saturday around the world.

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