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Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China (Reuters)
17. Indian Tibetans march to shame Olympics host China (Reuters)
Wed Aug 8, 2007 3:58PM IST
By Jonathan Allen
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of Tibetans marched through New Delhi on
Wednesday, shouting slogans and waving flags in protest against China's
actions in Tibet at the start of the one-year countdown to the Beijing
In one of the biggest rallies by Tibetans in India, about 10,000
Tibetans, including maroon-robed Buddhist monks and women in traditional
costumes, bellowed their demands, asking China to prove it was upholding
the rights of people living in Tibet.
"The essence of the Olympics is equality, but we do not have equality in
Tibet," said Kalsang Godrukpa, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress,
the main organiser of the rally.
"China doesn't deserve the Olympics until Tibet is free," he told
reporters, as protesters marched by wearing yellow baseball caps and
waving Tibetan flags and giant posters of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled
Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 and Beijing has since ruled
the Himalayan region. About 120,000 Tibetans are exiled in India,
including the Dalai Lama who fled after a failed uprising in 1959.
Amnesty International and other rights groups say China is severely
restricting the freedom of Tibetan people and suppressing their culture.
China says it is helping a historically poor region develop.
China is trying to look its best as it comes under increasing
international scrutiny in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics, and
protesters hope they can get enough attention to embarrass its leaders
into meeting their demands.
"The world will hear us and support us, and if the world supports us
then China will have to listen to us," said Tsetan Ngodup, a 43-year-old
Scores of policemen with canes watched the mile-long parade of
protesters as they marched towards parliament, before being stopped from
entering the high-security zone.
Wednesday's protest came as a hunger strike by 14 Tibetans entered its
32nd day. They are asking Beijing to provide evidence that the Panchen
Lama -- who they believe to be their second highest spiritual leader --
is alive, among other demands.
The 14 lay listless on cots under a tarpaulin shelter close to the site
of the protest. Some ran prayer beads through their hands as a nurse
tended to a woman with a wet sponge.
Tashi Wangu, a 54-year-old farmer, said the 14 would fast until China
reassured them that it would uphold the civil rights of Tibetan people.
He said he was not disheartened when the Dalai Lama urged the strikers
on Tuesday to end their fast saying their strike was brave but that
sacrificing more Tibetan lives was unlikely to make China relent.
"We will keep on fasting," Wangu said through a translator. "The pain is
nothing, and our demands are so simple -- we just want a response from
China guaranteeing Tibetans' human rights."
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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