Tibetan exiles take out silent protestFebruary 24th, 2009 - 11:58 pm ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Feb 24 (IANS) Hundreds of Tibetan exiles Tuesday took out a silent protest here on the eve of Losar (Tibetan New Year).
“The exiles participated in the peaceful protest to express solidarity with our brethren who sacrificed their lives for rights of the people of Tibet,” said president of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) Tsewang Rigzin.
The TYC has more than 30,000 members across the globe and China has labelled it as a “terrorist organisation”.
“Our aim was to highlight the plight of people of Tibet and the ruthless crackdown last year which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Tibetans and thousands imprisoned,” he said.
He said the TYC will burn effigies of Chinese leaders in the coming days.
“We will burn effigies of Chinese President Hu Jintao and Mao Zedong, who invaded Tibet in 1949, in the days to come,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police have made elaborate arrangements to prevent any untoward incident in the town on Tibetan New Year.
“We have made arrangements to counter any unwanted incident during this New Year,” Kangra Superintendent of Police Atul Kumar Fulzele said.
China brands the spiritual head of Tibetan community, the Dalai Lama, a separatist and accuses him of being behind anti-China protests that followed violence during the Beijing Olympics.
The Buddhist monk denies the charge.
– Indo-Asian News Service