Tibetans start parallel torch relay

April 17th, 2008 - 1:22 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Thousands of Tibetans Thursday began a parallel torch relay from Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat as India’s capital turned into a virtual fortress for the Olympic torch relay slated for afternoon. Shouting slogans against China, about 5,000 protestors gathered at Rajghat to begin a rally to Jantar Mantar several kilometres away in central Delhi following a prayer ceremony.

The protestors wearing yellow T-shirts and band with slogans of “Free Tibet” are expected to complete their march in two hours, just a short while before the Olympic torch begins its run from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.

Security personnel had not allowed the protesters to light the torch inside Rajghat but they managed to do so outside the memorial.

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