Tibetans-in-exile to launch protest march ahead of Beijing Olympics

January 4th, 2008 - 10:31 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Jan 4 (ANI): Tibetans-living-in-exile have planned a march from India to Tibet to protest against the Beijing Olympics, which they say is China’s propaganda to gain international acceptance to its “illegal” rule in Tibet.
Five leading Tibetan organisations today said that hundreds of Tibetans would march from Dharamsala to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, on March 10, the day Tibetans would be observing the 49th anniversary of the failed uprising against Chinese rule.
Tibetan Youth Congress President Tsewang Rigzin said the Tibetans must utilise the time over the next eight months to fight “China’s massive Olympics propaganda campaign.”
“We must seize this unprecedented opportunity to have the Tibetan voice of resistance heard loud and clear by the Chinese leadership and the people around the world,” said Rigzin.
The march organisers have called upon Tibetans worldwide to use peaceful means to protest the Beijing Olympics.
Tibetans will engage in non-violent mass protests with plans to disrupt the Olympic torch relay, which will pass through 20 cities on five continents, including Tibet.
“The Tibetans have lived in India as refugees and have never acquired Indian citizenship in the hope that we would return to our country one day,” said Tibetan Women’s Association President B. Tsering. Tsering expressed hope that the Indian Government would support and make it possible for the Tibetans to return home.
India has been a centre for the Tibetans-in-exile since the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled in 1959 after a failed uprising and set up his government-in-exile in Dharamsala. (ANI)

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