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Indian police halt Tibetan march

March 14, 2008

13 March 2008

Police in India have detained more than 100 Tibetan refugees who were
trying to march to the Chinese border in protest against China hosting
the Olympics.

The marchers were arrested at Dehra Bridge, 31 miles from Dharamsala
town, from where the Dalai Lama heads the Tibetan government in exile.

The walk began on Monday as part of a global pro-independence protest.

It coincided with the 49th anniversary of the Dalai Lama's escape from
Tibet after a failed uprising against China.

Among the arrested were five women and some foreigners.

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has called for greater
pressure on China over its human rights record.

'Victory to Tibet'

"We have arrested 100 people," police official Atul Fulzele was quoted
by news agency AFP as saying.

Tibetan activists say they began marching at 0530 local time (midnight GMT).

China admits Tibet protests

"At around 0630, Indian police blocked the march and forcibly removed
all marchers from the road at Dehra Bridge," the activists said in a
press release.

"The police first detained Tenzin Tsundue, a high-profile Tibetan
activist, carrying him away as he shouted 'Bhoe Gyalo, Victory to

The marchers sat down on the road, linking arms and chanting Tibetan
Buddhist prayers.

The police broke up the crowd and took away the protesters in five
police buses, the release said.

"Our cause is just and our actions are non-violent," Tenzin Choeying,
one of the march leaders, said moments before he was arrested.

"While these extreme measures taken by the Indian authorities are
unfortunate, this is but a momentary set-back in our plan and we are
determined to continue our March home to Tibet," he said.

Rights violations

About 100 activists began their walk on Monday from Dharamsala.

The local police served a restraining order against them which they
said had been issued by the authorities in Delhi.

The Dalai Lama has called for greater pressure on China

The marchers say that their aim is to expose what they say are serious
human rights violations in Tibet.

They say Tibetan refugees have the "right to return to Tibet".

India has in the past been sympathetic to the Tibetan cause,
correspondents say, but in recent years it has not allowed large-scale
public protests for fear of embarrassing Beijing.

Police also say that the planned march to Tibet is in breach of an
agreement between Delhi and the Tibetan government-in-exile.

As the Olympics near, Tibetans have begun a global campaign to protest
against the Chinese rule in Tibet.

On Monday, some 1,000 Tibetan exiles clashed with police in the
Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, while trying to march to the Chinese
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