The Dalai Lama's representative gave his heartfelt thanks to people in Northampton at the annual ceremony raising the Tibetan flag.
The ceremony, organised by Caroline Scattergood, took place at The Guildhall in Northampton earlier today.
The Dalai Lama's representative in the Office of Tibet in London, Chonpel Tsering, said: "The very fact of you being here is a huge, huge support to those inside Tibet.
"We don't expect any immediate change in the situation inside Tibet but with the support and solidarity of friends like you, we the Tibetan people are just as determined to restore the political, social and cultural rights of the Tibetan people within Tibet.
"Resistance is still immensely strong although the Chinese government always tells people the Tibetans are grateful to be liberated.
"As long as the violation of rights goes on, our struggle goes on. Northampton has done so for the last 18 years and as long as the struggle continues, we ask for your support."
Caroline Scattergood, along with the deputy leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Phil Larratt and the Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Christopher Malpas all spoke at the ceremony, which is now in its 18th year.