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Tibetan exiles stage protest demonstration in Dharamsala

August 17, 2008

Asian News International (ANI)
August 14, 2008

Dharamsala/New Delhi, August 14 -- Scores of Tibetan exiles on
Thursday gathered in Dharamsala, the seat of Tibetan government in
exile, to protest against violation of human rights by Chinese
authorities in Tibet.

The protesters gathered at the Tsuklag Khang Buddhist temple in the
picturesque hill town, also known as 'Mini Lhasa' because of the
large population of Tibetans in the town, to protest against China.

Dressed in black with black bands tied over their eyes, the
protesters sang a patriotic song to motivate their fellow Tibetans.

The protesters also marched down the hilly roads of Dharamsala
chanting slogans like 'Free Tibet' and 'Long Live Dalai Lama'.

Some of the protesters also chained themselves symbolizing the
political prisoners languishing in jails in Lhasa, allegedly
suffering under Chinese brutality.

The protesters said, they were not against the Olympics but were
against the inhuman treatment meted out by the Chinese to people in Tibet.

"We are really concerned that a nation who is hosting the Olympics
has certain moral responsibility of having good standards of human
rights and freedom within its country, which China doesn't have. So
our concern is, that the nation which is holding such a big event
does not meet the requirement," said B. Tsering, President of Tibetan
Women Association.

Meanwhile in New Delhi, police forcibly took away the Tibetan exiles
to hospital, who were sitting on hunger strike for the past few days.

The protesters were on an indefinite hunger strike under the
'Indefinite fast for Tibet-without Food and Water' movement, to
attract the attention of the international community towards the Tibetan cause.

The police had to shift them forcibly for medical assistance as their
condition was deteriorating.

The police have also commissioned two policemen at the Tibetan camp
to keep a check on the hunger strikers.

"We have replaced the real hunger strikers with other six volunteers
and they took six wrong people. But, today police have planned and
have kept two policemen to watch the hunger strikers whether we are
replacing them or not," said Thunduk Dorje, Vice President, Tibetan
Youth Congress.

China has accused followers of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan
Buddhist leader, of stirring riots and protests in Tibetan region in
March in a bid to upstage Olympic preparations. The Dalai Lama has
denied the charge and said he does not oppose the Games.

The Dalai Lama has rejected accusations that he is behind the unrest
and has supported the Chinese right to host the Olympics.

But groups campaigning for Tibetan independence have said they will
use the Games to voice their demands and concerns over the alleged
Chinese atrocities in Tibet.

China has controlled Tibet since People's Liberation Army troops
marched into the region in 1950 and Beijing considers Tibet as an
integral part of its territory.

Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans' religious aspirations,
especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual
leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
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