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Dharamsala’s exiled Tibetans hurl shoes at Chinese President’s effigy

March 1, 2009

Dharamsala, Feb 27 (ANI): Tibetan exiles living in Dharamsala hurled
shoes at Chinese President Hu Jintao’’s effigy on Friday as a mark of
protest against alleged Chinese atrocities on Tibetans in Lhasa.

Inspired by the Iraqi television journalist who hurled shoes at former
US President, Bush, the young exiles publicly expressed their anger
against the Chinese leader.

Tenzin Cheoying, the President of the Students for a Free Tibet, said
that hurling shoes was one of the most non-violent ways of protes.

“Chinese President deserves tossing of shoes from the people because he
was responsible for all the sufferings of Tibetans. And also because
shoe throwing has becoming one of the most potent weapon in terms of non
-violent action,” Cheoying added.

The protest gains significance as the 50th anniversary of the exile of
Tibet’’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after an
abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, comes close.

Tibetans living in exile contend that Chinese atrocities have increased
since the Tibetan uprising in Lhasa in March 2008, whereas China blames
the Dalai Lama led clique for instigating unrest in that region. (ANI)
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