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Pro-Tibet protesters launch new march to Tibet, days after Indians arrest earlier marchers

March 16, 2008

DEHRA, India March 15 (AP) - Dozens of protesters in India launched a
new march to Tibet on Saturday, days after more than 100 Tibetan
exiles were arrested by authorities during a similar rally.
The demonstrators, many of them Buddhist monks, started marching from
near the area where the exiles were arrested.

«We will keep on marching until we reach Tibet. And even if these
marchers are arrested, there will be more,» said march organizer Chemi
Youngdrung of the National Democratic Party of Tibet. «We are thankful
to the people in Tibet who are laying down their lives.

Local police did not appear to be aware of the new march as no police
officers were seen in the area.

On Friday, more than 100 Tibetan exiles began two weeks of detention
in northern India after police arrested them during a march to their
homeland to protest China's hosting of the Olympic Games.

The demonstrators had vowed to march from India to Tibet, where they
planned to arrive at the start of the Olympics in August. Fearing the
march would embarrass China, Indian officials banned the Tibetan
exiles from leaving the Kangra district that surrounds Dharmsala.

The marchers ignored the warnings and continued their trek. On
Thursday, police confronted them on the road in Dehra, 20 kilometers
(12 miles) from the district boundary, and arrested about 130

The march began Monday, the day Tibetans commemorate a 1959 uprising
against China.

Saturday's march came as protests by Buddhist monks in Tibet turned
violent, with China's official Xinhua News Agency reporting that 10
people had been killed in what have become the largest demonstrations
in nearly two decades against Beijing's 57-year rule over Tibet.
Beijing maintains that Tibet is historically part of China, but many
Tibetans argue the Himalayan region was virtually independent for
centuries and accuse China of trying to crush Tibetan culture by
swamping it with Han people, the majority Chinese ethnic group.
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