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Tibetan exiles vow to march on Chinese border

March 13, 2008

DHARMSALA, India (CNN) -- Tibetan exiles vowed to defy an Indian
government order that they stop their march from the northern Indian
city of Dharmsala to Tibet's border in a protest against China's rule
over their homeland.

A Tibetan man sits with the bags of marchers at Takipur near
Dharamsala on Tuesday.

About 100 people -- mostly students and monks -- plan to reach India's
border with Tibet for a confrontation with Chinese authorities just
before the Beijing Olympics begin in August, according to Himachal
Pradesh, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress and one of the march
organizers.

"As long as the issue of Tibet is not resolved, we will resist China
occupation," Pradesh said.

Several hundred monks clashed with Chinese police near the Tibetan
capital, Lhasa, on Tuesday, according to Radio Free Asia. It was the
second day of protests by monks on the 49th anniversary of a failed
uprising that forced the Dalai Lama into exile.

The protests coincided with other demonstrations Tuesday by Tibetan
exiles in New Delhi, India and Katmandu, Nepal.

The Indian government, which hosts 100,000 Tibetan exiles, has opposed
the march and protests. Indian police in Dharmsala said they would
enforce an order that bans the marchers from leaving the district,
which is home to the Tibetan exile government and the Dalai Lama.

Pradesh said his group is acting independently of the government or Dalai Lama.

"What we are saying is that we are Tibetan, and we belong to Tibet and
we need to go back to our country," he said. "It's as simple as that."

The marchers will try to cross into the Punjab district in defiance of
the restraining order on Thursday, he said.

Pradesh said the marchers were not afraid of being arrested by Chinese
authorities when they try to enter Tibet in the weeks and days before
the Olympics open.

A U.S. State Department report released Tuesday characterized China's
human rights record as one of the most repressive in the world and
cited tightening controls over religious freedom in Tibet.
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