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Pro-Tibet supporters rally in London

March 10, 2009

March 7, 2009

LONDON, March 7 (UPI) -- Several hundred people rallied in central London Saturday, protesting China's domination of the Asian mountain region of Tibet.

About 500 exiled Tibetans and their British supporters marched outside the Chinese embassy and through Trafalgar Square, shouting and waving banners stating "Free Tibet Now" and "Tibet Will Never Die" to draw attention to their cause, Sky News reported. They called on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to initiate an independent investigation into the human rights situation in Tibet, the British news channel said.

The protest coincides with the 50th anniversary of a Communist uprising that caused Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama to flee Tibet, leaving it to Chinese control.

The Tibet Society called on the British government to pressure Beijing to allow an unfettered inquiry inside Tibet to establish "what's happening on the ground and report back to the international community."

"It is a shameful indictment of the Chinese government that, 50 years after its brutal crackdown on the Tibetan people, they continue using the same policies today," said Philippa Carrick, a march organizer.

"Following the demonstrations in Tibet last year, where the Chinese authorities again used excessive force to quell unarmed protesters, there are hundreds of Tibetans being summarily tried and given draconian prison sentences; thousands remain missing and unaccounted for," Carrick said. "These are not actions of a responsible country and certainly do not bring any trust or respect for the Chinese government."
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