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Tibetan women baton charged outside Chinese Embassy in Delhi

March 13, 2008

Asian News International

New Delhi, Mar 12 (ANI): Tibetan women tried to storm the Chinese
Embassy here on Wednesday but were restrained by the police through a
mild baton charge. TurboTax Online Free Edition

The women were demanding complete independence for Tibet and
protesting against the arrest of exiled Tibetans.

Exiled Tibetans claim that Tibet and China are two separate countries,
and have been protesting against Chinese rule and suppression.

On March 12 1959, thousands of Tibetan women led by Kunsang had
gathered in Lhasa to protest against China's occupation of Tibet.

"This is a very significant day in the history of Tibet where a number
of women staged a mass demonstration in Lhasa and several of them were
killed while demonstrating for complete independence of Tibet. The
reason why we are storming the Chinese Embassy today is to pay respect
and tribute to those women who made sacrifices during the uprising in
12 March 1959," said Tensing Norsang, Secretary, Tibetan Youth
Congress.

The demonstrators also released a charter of demands at today's protest.

"We have four demands, first complete independence, second no
violation of human rights in Tibet, Third no Olympics in Beijing until
Tibet is free and the fourth and the most important one stop genocide
in Tibet," said Tensing Yangzom, Organising Secretary, Tibetan Youth
Congress.

In 1950, Chinese troops had marched into Tibet. Nine years later in
1959, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa to protest
against China's invasion and occupation of their country. One week
later, the Dalai Lama fled into exile to India along with thousands of
followers and supporters.

In the months following his escape, hundreds of Tibetans were killed
as Chinese troops brutally crushed the uprising.
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