Arrested Tibetans-in-exile say they will reach homeland

June 8th, 2008 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Ponta Sahib, (Himacahal Pradesh) June 8 (ANI):Arrested Tibetans-in-exile in Ponta Sahib said that they were determined to reach their homeland and complete their march to Tibet.
“We will follow the rules of the government after detention by the police. But, we will reach Tibet and fight for our independence, Vice President of Tibetan Democratic Party Ashang Happa said on Saturday.
Police detained 270 exiles at Pithoragarh in Uttaranchal on Thursday.
Currently lodged in Ponta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, they reiterated their determination to go to Tibet.
They had begun their journey on March 10 from Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
After days of peaceful march, the protesters were asked to return from where they started.
Protesters resented the move and were arrested.
The protesters were infuriated with nearly 85 days of peaceful march being revoked.
They had planned to arrive in Tibet to coincide with the Beijing Olympics Games, which begins in August.
Tibetan Diaspora all over the world were seeking an end to Chinese repression in Tibet and have staged a wave of protests across the world especially at Dharamsala, home of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama in India. (ANI)

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