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Tibetan Protesters to Demonstrate in Delhi

April 9, 2008

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, April 08, 2008

Scores of Tibetans, intending to march to Lhasa to draw the attention of
the international community on the Tibetan issue, on Tuesday reached the
outskirts of the national capital.

About 200 activists, including a large number of monks, reached Hirajpur
on the outskirts of the Capital on Tuesday morning and will enter the
city on Wednesday.

"This is a non-violent march to raise the consciousness of the
international community about the Tibetan issue. It is to reclaim our
rights in our homeland," rally leader Tenzin Tsundue told PTI.

The rally, which began from Dharamsala on March 10, had run into rough
weather initially when about 100 activists were arrested and kept in
custody for 14 days for defying Centre's directive and heading towards
borders.

Terming the days of arrest as the most "frustrating" moments in his
life, Tsundue said he "could not raise his voice for his homeland"
during the Chinese crackdown on protests in Lhasa.

"I was kept in jail for 14 days. It was the most difficult phase of my
life. My country was burning and I could not raise my voice for my
country when it was needed," he said.

Asked about the future course of the rally, he said the protesters will
stay in Delhi temporarily.
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