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08:42 Mar 29 2010

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Flag raising ceremonies mark Serf Emancipation Day
08:38, March 29, 2010  

Photo taken on March 28, 2010, shows the scene in front of the Potala Palace during the celebration of the Serfs Emancipation Day in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Nearly 3,000 people gathered at the square of the Potala Palace to celebrate the 2nd Serfs Emancipation Day in the form of raising flag and playing national anthem. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Flag raising ceremonies were held across Tibet Autonomous Region Sunday to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the emancipation of serfs.

The national flag was hoisted against the backdrop of the grand Potala Palace at about 10 a.m. as more than 3,000 representatives from all walks of life sang the national anthem.

"There is an overt contrast between today's equality among Tibetan people and the old Tibet where human rights were bloodily abused," said Party chief in Lhasa, Qin Yizhi, after the flag was raised.

"The democratic reform abolished serfdom and allowed Tibetan people to enjoy legal rights and interests. We held the ceremony here in an effort to remember the past, cherish the present and work for the future," he said at the ceremony that lasted about 20 minutes.

Tibet holds flag hoisting ceremonies only on significant festivals and occasions such as the National Day and the Tibetan new year. At other times, the national flag flies high in the square.
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