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Tibet Activists displayed banner at India Gate to protest China's Torch relay

April 12, 2008

April 10, 2008

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New Delhi - 4 Tibet activists displayed a banner reading "No Olympic
Torch Through Tibet" in front of the India Gate amidst tight security a
week before China's torch relay passes through India that is expected to
be welcomed by thousands of exiled Tibetans from all parts of India. It
was a month ago that the Tibetans in Tibet began to show their
resentment against China's Illegal Occupation of Tibet.

"Despite China continuing its brutal and violent crackdown on Tibetans
crying out for Freedom in Tibet, the Chinese government is bringing the
Olympic torch to New Delhi in its attempt to legitimize its Human Rights
violations and Illegal Occupation of Tibet" said Gaphel,one of the
protesting activists. "When the International Olympic Committee meets in
Beijing today, they must immediately withdraw Tibet from the Torch Relay
route. Carrying the Olympic torch through Tibet would aggravate the
crisis and cause yet more suffering for the Tibetan people."

"As an Indian and having our own history of foreign invasion I feel
inclined to support the Tibetan people in their struggle for a Free
Tibet. What we have been witnessing for many years and especially this
past one month, it's a shame that such brutality still exist in a much
civilized world" says Shibayan Raha, Grassroots Coordinator, Students
for a Free Tibet - India. "I appeal to all Freedom loving Indians to
show up at China's Torch Relay on the 17th and be a voice for the
Tibetans who continues to suffer under the Chinese brutality"

China's latest deadly attack on Tibetans came in in Tonkor Township
(Kardze County), in southern Tibet on April 3rd after Chinese
authorities detained two monks for possessing photos of the Dalai Lama.
Following a raid by over 3,000 armed police at Tonkor monastery, the
police opened fire on the crowd of over 700 people - nearly half of whom
were monks - gathered to protest the arrests. All Tibetan areas remain
closed off to independent media, but eyewitness reports from all across
Tibet describe severe beatings, suicide attempts by monks locked inside
their monasteries, house-to-house searches and, in one instance, a large
group of Tibetan being boarded onto a train to an unknown destination at
Lhasa's new railway station and yesterday 15 monks protested in front of
the state managed media tour in Labrang and called for Freedom in Tibet
and Return of The Dalai Lama.

*20 Tibetans and Indian supporters were detained by the Indian police in
New Delhi on Monday, April 7, 2008 for holding a peaceful candle light
Vigil at India Gate.
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