Tibetans stage protest outside UN headquarters

March 15th, 2008 - 6:18 pm ICT by admin  

New York, Mar 15 (ANI): Supporters of the Tibetan Youth Organisation and over 200 workers demonstrated against China outside the UN headquarters here, and also cautioned India against cosying up to Beijing.

Tibetan Youth Congress activists were carrying placards that referred to China as the “suppressor and murderer”, and also asked Beijing to get out of “their country”.

They urged the United Nations to take strict action to stop this “suppression” of pro-independence protesters in Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Former President of Tibetan Youth Organisation in Delhi, Phurbu Tsering, cautioned India against cosying up to China, saying that New Delhi should not forget 1962 when China attacked India while professing friendship and brotherhood with it.

“China now has much better infrastructure, including road and rail, than they had back then,” Tsering said.

Tibetan youth spokesperson Soman Wandgdue, said the protest was organised hurriedly after they learnt that many Tibetans may have been killed when the Chinese military “opened indiscriminate fire” on them.

He claimed the Tibetans were demonstrating peacefully when the military surrounded them and opened fire. He requested the international community to free Tibet and save its people from a “murderous regime.”

As the Olympics approach, Tibetans are trying to revive their freedom movement and protest against what they see as China’s illegal occupation of their homeland.

Hundreds of Tibetan refugees set off on a march to Tibet from India on March 10 as part of global protests to mark the 49th anniversary of an uprising against Chinese rule. They have since been stopped by the Indian authorities. India has said that its soil cannot be used for anti China propaganda or protest.

According to a Xinhua news agency report, law and order authorities in Tibet have issued a notice to the rioters, to surrender by Monday midnight or face a severe security clampdown. (ANI)

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