Anti-China protests rage in Dharamsala

March 16th, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by admin  

Dharamsala, March 16 (IANS) Protests continued here Sunday against China over its violent suppression of Tibetans in Lhasa, with Tibetan exiles taking out processions and giving fiery speeches. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is scheduled to address the media later Sunday. Journalists have gathered in large numbers in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama has his government-in-exile.

“These are spontaneous protests showing solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet who are being repressed by the Chinese,” said a demonstrator.

While the Chinese government has said that 10 protesters have been killed in Lhasa, the Tibetan government-in-exile has put the number at around 30.

The march into Tibet continued Sunday in Himachal Pradesh’s Una district, some 100 km from here, Tenzin Palkyi, a Tibetan accompanying the marchers, told IANS.

Candlelight marches continued late into the night in Dharamsala Saturday. The protesters raised anti-China slogans.

Some of them urged the police to release the 100 Tibetan refugees who were taken into custody after the authorities halted their march Thursday near Dehra, some 50 km from here.

India is home to some 100,000 Tibetan exiles, many of who fled their homeland along with the Dalai Lama in 1959 following a failed anti-China uprising. The Tibetan government-in-exile is not recognised by any country.

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