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The region hanged out the Tibetan flag once again. Councillors voted unanimously for this action.

The Moravian-Silesian Region joined once again the Flag for Tibet Campaign this year as a gesture to draw attention to human rights violations. The flag flew at the regional government’s building on 117 28. řijna Street in Ostrava for the entire weekend on 8–10 March, which is the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising.

“By flying this flag, we would like to express our solidarity for people who do not live under a free society. Every year in this international campaign we remind people that freedom is not a matter of course, even today. Last year, the Moravian-Silesian Region flew the Tibetan flag for the first time, and it was the only civil authority out total of 736 participants to join the campaign. The flag was also flown last year at 109 schools throughout the Czech Republic. I am pleased that students are not indifferent to the topic of human rights,” said Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region Ivo Vondrák, explaining that the decision to fly the flag was made in response to current events worldwide and in the country. “We decided from a moral perspective, with our hearts. There are times when calculation and business simply must be put aside. The council of the Moravian-Silesian Region agreed unanimously in this matter.”

The Flag for Tibet campaign is an annual campaign held on the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, which was supressed in 1959 by soldiers of the People's Republic of China, who killed 80 thousand Tibetans. The event originated in Western Europe in the mid-1990s. The Czech Republic joined this campaign in 1996.

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