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"Return to Tibet" march stopped at border town by ITBP

May 27, 2009

Phayul
May 25, 2009

Dharamsala, May 25 -- A march to Tibet by eight
Tibetan monks have been stopped at a border town
called Sumdo in Himachal Pradesh. Shingsa
Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama at the Sera monastery
told Voice of Tibet radio service, that the Indo
Tibetan Border police arrested the monks at the
border town. The exact details of the arrest is
unavailable at the moment, the young Buddhist
spiritual leader who has been monitoring the march said.

The monks have started the "return to Tibet"
march to support the Tibetans inside Tibet who
are constantly under fear of Chinese brutality and military crackdown.

According to Shingsa Rinpoche, the monks left the
Indian capital on May 14 and headed on foot
towards the border where they planned to hoist
the Tibetan national flag and then enter Tibet.

The Indo Tibetan Border Police have noted the
names and RC (Registration Certificate for
Tibetans) number of the monks who will arrive
here tomorrow, Shingsa Rinpoche said. The monks
are expected to talk to the media on their arrival here.

The monks belonged to the group of around 60
people led by Shingsa Rinpoche that last year was
stopped at Kaza in Spiti Valley as they attempted
to march to Tibet days before the Beijing
Olympics. The group had initiated the march on
their own after the one organized by five Tibetan
NGOs last year was stopped by the Indian police
at Dharchula, the last Indian village bordering Tibet in Uttrakhand.

The monks come from various monasteries in India and do not represent any NGOs.
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