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Indian Police Arrest Tibetan Activists During Protest March to Tibet

March 14, 2008

Voice of America
New Delhi
13 March 2008

Indian police have arrested about 100 Tibetan exiles who set out,
earlier this week, on a protest march from India to their homeland.
As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the march is part of a
global campaign mounted by Tibetan activists ahead of the Beijing
Olympic Games, to highlight their struggle to free Tibet from Chinese
rule.

The Tibetan activists had traveled some 50 kilometers on their planned
trek to Tibet when police took them away in vans, early Thursday, in
Dehra town in Himachal Pradesh state.

Tibetan Youth Congress President Tsewang Rigzin says stopping the
protest march, just days after it started out, is a setback.

"We are very disappointed that the Indian police came and stopped our
marchers this morning at 6.40 a.m.," Rigzin said.  "When the police
came and stopped us, all the marchers sat down on the streets and they
did not move and they were doing prayers and the police came out and
they forcibly took all the marchers and loaded them on to the bus."

Indian police had banned the march soon after it began, Monday.  The
ban was widely expected.  New Delhi has given shelter to tens of
thousands of Tibetan refugees, but it does not allow them to mount
anti-Chinese public protests.

Rigzin, who is one of the organizers of the march, says it is a
non-violent protest and should be allowed to go on.

"We have said it, all, along, that our march to Tibet is completely
non-violent… We have not caused any problems to anyone along the way,
whatsoever.   We are just a bunch of peaceful monks and nuns, along
with some lay people.   We are just marching along the road and we are
not committing any crime.  So, the march should go on," Rigzin said.

Tibetan activists say the detention of the marchers is the first major
obstacle to their protest.  They have vowed to find a way to reach
Lhasa in Tibet within six months.

The march is one of several protests organized by Tibetan exile
groups, ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games in August, to draw
attention to their struggle to free their homeland from what they call
"illegal Chinese occupation."

China says has controlled Tibet since 1951 and says it is an integral
part of its territory.  Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and
Tibetan refugees accuse the Chinese of widespread human rights
violations in the region.
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