Tibetans detained for trying to storm Chinese embassy

August 8th, 2008 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Around 100 Tibetan activists protesting against the Beijing Olympics were detained Friday evening when they tried to storm the Chinese embassy here, the police said. The activists, armed with placards and banners and sporting headbands, arrived in three buses and tried to reach the heavily guarded embassy in the diplomatic enclave around 5.45 p.m., coinciding with the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

Holding Tibetan flags, the protestors clashed with the large number of police personnel who have been guarding the embassy for months.

The police said the Tibetans were immediately overpowered and taken to the Chankyapuri police station.

“We will register a case against them and they will be (formally) arrested,” a police official told IANS.

The Chinese embassy has been under heavy guard ever since anti-China protests erupted in Tibet in March. Barricades with concertina wires have been erected to keep away demonstrators.

With the Olympics starting in China Friday, the police deployed water cannons and reserves to foil protests and possible attempts to sneak into the embassy.

India is home to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, and an estimated 100,000 Tibetan exiles. The Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile is based in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala.

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