Put Tibet on Google Maps
Tibet demonstration in Brussels to shake up Google
Zurich/Brussels, 10 March 2013 – Tibetan towns and villages should appear in the Tibetan language on Google Maps. This was the demand submitted to Google by the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe approximately one month ago. The TYAE drew attention to itself again by taking part in Europe’s biggest Tibet demonstration in Brussels. Worldwide, over 800,000 people have expressed their support for the demand on the platform www.tibetonthemap.com and in social media. Only the seemingly dormant online giant Google has yet to react.
Many of the approximately 5,000 Tibetans living in Switzerland took part in one of the largest demonstrations on behalf of Tibet in Brussels last Sunday. Members of the TYAE were also present to draw attention to their demand at the European level: the TYAE is demanding that Google also use the Tibetan language for Tibetan names on Google Maps, in addition to English and Chinese. In addition to representatives of the government in exile in India, SP National Councillor Cédric Wermuth and Hollywood actress Yangzom Brauen support this demand. “Our language, our alphabet and our culture are gradually disappearing. This is a tragic loss for us and the Buddhist culture”, Brauen commented.
By taking part in the biggest Tibet demonstration in Europe, the TYAE was once again able to draw attention to the demand it submitted to Google. The demonstration in Brussels was organized by Tibetan organizations from across Europe. Several thousand Tibetans took part. Among the many speakers were Kelsang Gyaltsen (EU envoy of the Dalai Lama), representatives of the Tibetan government in exile and Migmar Dhakyel, a member of the board of the TYAE.