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Thousands of Tibetans march in Indian capital against China's rule
in Tibet (AP)
14. Thousands of Tibetans march in Indian capital against China's rule
in Tibet (AP)
The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: Thousands of Tibetan exiles marched in the Indian capital on
Wednesday to protest the 2008 Olympic in Beijing and demand an end to
China's rule over Tibet.
Wearing headbands and T-shirts with the slogan "Free Tibet," the
Tibetans' march culminated in a rally close to India's Parliament House.
"Our protest movement will carry on (until) Aug. 8, 2008," said Pema
Yangchen, one of the marchers. The opening ceremony of the Beijing Games
is scheduled for that day.
The marchers said China had no right to hold the Olympic Games in view
of its poor human rights record.
Indian police last week denied them permission to hold a marathon in New
Delhi. The Tibetan exiles accused the Indian government of caving in to
pressure from the Chinese government.
On Wednesday, they were allowed to hold the protest, flanked by scores
of armed paramilitary soldiers.
"We will give our lives but not our land," they chanted.
The Tibetan Youth Congress, which organized the march, said nearly
20,000 people took part, making it the largest single gathering of
Tibetan exiles in several decades.
"This is a new beginning for the Tibetan struggle against Chinese
occupation," said Kalasang Phuntsok Godrukpa, president of the
China says it has ruled Tibet for centuries, although many Tibetans say
their homeland was essentially an independent state for most of that
time. Chinese communist troops occupied Tibet in 1951 and Beijing
continues to rule the region with a heavy hand.
India has been generally supportive of the Tibetan exiles after their
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled there in 1959 after a failed
uprising, settling in the northern town of Dharmsala. It, however,
consider Tibet as part of China.
Several Tibetan groups have come together to organize protests in New
Delhi before the Olympics.
Fourteen Tibetan exiles have been on hunger strike for the past month in
New Delhi, demanding that the Chinese leave Tibet. The hunger strikers,
who have been drinking only water, are also members of the Tibetan Youth
Tibetans are also concerned that the massive influx of China's ethnic
Han majority will overrun Tibetan Buddhist culture, thanks to a new rail
service linking Beijing to the Tibetan capital Lhasa.
"They will destroy Tibetan culture. In a few years you won't be able to
find Tibetans in the region," Godrukpa said.
Articles in this Issue:
- Tibetan Canadian Observer detained in Beijing (SFT)
- One World, One Dream, One Big Human Rights Problem (Der Spiegel)
- Unlucky start to Games countdown (Scotsman)
- Great Wall protest (Vancouver Sun)
- China detains third Canadian, a leader of activist group seeking free
- 3rd Canadian detained by China, student group says (CBC)
- Activists arrested in China (The Province)
- Protesters in action as Beijing gets set for one-year countdown to
- Parents worried after 2 Vancouverites reportedly held in China (CBC)
- Canadians detained in China now leaving country, reports say
- Activists Step Up Criticism of China, One Year Before Beijing
- Beijing Olympics can't avoid political issues (New Zealand Herald)
- China: Human-Rights Pressure Increases As Olympic Countdown Begins
- Thousands of Tibetans march in Indian capital against China's rule
in Tibet (AP)
- Tibetans protest 2008 Beijing Olympics (ANI)
- Tibetans to hold massive rally against Chinese government (IANS)
- Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China (Reuters)
- Terror in Tibet
- Sinopec establishes exploration base in Tibet
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