Tibetan exiles protest outside Chinese embassy in New Delhi

April 17th, 2009 - 2:39 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 17 (ANI): A group of Tibetan exiles chained themselves to the barbed wire fencing surrounding the Chinese embassy here in protest against the death sentence awarded to Tibetans by Chinese authorities.

Chanting slogans of ‘Free Tibet’, the protesters stood in the scorching sun outside the Chinese embassy demanding independence for their homeland, before being led away by the police.

“We want to stop the recent death sentence in Tibet. It should be stopped in Tibet. We want it immediately to be stopped,” said an unidentified protester.

Tibetans have been protesting against the sentence meted out to them for their role in riots in Lhasa in 2008. Two others got suspended death sentences and another life imprisonment.

Protests by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule on March 14 last year led to the death of 19 people and sparked waves of protests in Tibetan areas.

Tibetan exiles say more than 200 people died in the crackdown.

A year later, a tight web of troops and police throughout Tibetan areas appeared to have deterred large-scale unrest. (ANI)

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