Record participation seen in Czech Tibetan flag protest against China


A record number of Czech local and city councils are due to take part in the annual Flag for Tibet day, a protest against the Chinese occupation of the country, according to organisers. Seven hundred and twenty three councils have said they will hang Tibetan flags out on March 10, up from the 697 who promised to take part in the action in 2015. Some councils are reportedly intending to leave the flags until the end of March, when a visit to Prague is expected by the Chinese president. Prague City Council says it will not take part in the move. It recently agreed a controversial twinning agreement with Beijing. March 10 commemorates the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese occupation on the same day in 1959.