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Protesters storm Chinese Embassy to mark Women's Uprising Day

March 15, 2010

Phayul -  March 12, 2010
By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, March 12: Eight Tibetan students, including four girls,
belonging to pro-Independence Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) Friday staged
vigorous protests outside of the Chinese Embassy in the Indian capital.

At around 2:30pm, the protesters shouted slogans, "Long Live His Holiness
the Dalai Lama", "China out of Tibet" and "Independence for Tibet" for about
fifteen minutes before being detained by police, TYC president Mr Tsewang
Rigzin, who is currently in Delhi to coordinate the protests, told Phayul
over the phone.

Rigzin said today's protest was organised to mark the 51st anniversary of
the Tibetan Women's Uprising Day.

He also said the protest was organised by the organisation in co-ordination
with RTYC Rohini and RTYC Samyeling.

This is the second time Tibetan activists made attempts to storm the New
Delhi Chinese embassy.

Around 30 Tibetan activists, including women, were detained on Tuesday, on
the eve of the 51st anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, when
they tried to storm the heavily guarded Chinese embassy in Chanakyapuri as
part of their protest.

A day after the protest, a large number of additional security personnel
were reportedly deployed around the Chinese embassy to avoid further
protests.

Tibetan Women's Association (TWA), one of the largest non-governmental
organisations in the exile Tibetan community, and its regional chapters
around the world Friday mark the 51st Anniversary of the "National Tibetan
Women's Uprising Day" against the "illegal Chinese occupation of Tibet".

On March 12, 1959, two days after a hugely popular Tibetan uprising in Lhasa
was brutally crushed down by the Chinese Communist forces, thousands of
Tibetan women assembled at the foot of the Potala Palace to protest against
continuing Chinese presence in their homeland.

In Dharamsala, the seat of Tibet's Government in exile in north India, TWA
held a somber official function to mark, what it described as, "a painful
anniversary".

The organisation later organised a massive protest demonstration calling for
freedom in Tibet. Protesters also took part in "Pledge Campaign" declaring
minimum life-long commitment to contribute to the cause of Tibet in their
own possible way.

As part of the anniversary, TWA also announced two new programs- "TWA
Fellowship for Women for Specialised Studies" designed to held fund
qualified Tibetan women in professional studies, and a "Women's Environment
Desk" to monitor and undertake researches on Tibet's environment issues to
combat China's destructive environmental policies in Tibet.
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