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Tibetan Exiles: Chinese Police Detain 15 Protesters

February 17, 2009

By VOA News
16 February 2009


Tibetan exiles said police in southwestern China have detained 15
Tibetans who marched in support of their exiled spiritual leader, the
Dalai Lama.

Tibetan exiles based in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala said they
learned of the arrests after speaking by telephone with residents of
China's Sichuan province.

The Tibetan exiles said Chinese police detained 14 activists who staged
a peaceful pro-Tibet march Monday in the town of Litang in Sichuan's
Garze Tibetan autonomous prefecture. They said a Tibetan monk staged a
similar protest in Litang a day earlier.

The Tibetan exiles said the demonstrators chanted slogans praising the
Dalai Lama and calling for Tibetan independence before being beaten and
detained by Chinese police.

The protests and arrests could not be independently confirmed. China
does not allow foreign reporters into Tibetan regions without official
permission.

The Dharamsala-based Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy
condemned what it called the brutal use of force by Chinese security
forces on peaceful Tibetan demonstrators. It urged China to disclose the
location of the detainees and release them unharmed.

Beijing has barred foreigners from Tibetan areas ahead of next month's
50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
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