Tibetans in exile protest against Beijing Olympics

August 8th, 2008 - 9:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Aug 8 (IANS) Thousands of Tibetans living in exile here in Himachal Pradesh took to the streets Friday, protesting against the Beijing Olympics that took off to a spectacular start. The protesters, comprising schoolchildren, youth and monks, raised slogans while holding placards and banners to show solidarity with the Tibetans in Tibet. Most of the protesters wore black clothes, headbands and T-shirts calling for a “Free Tibet”.

“This is a way of expressing solidarity with our people in Tibet who are facing a lot of problems under the Chinese leadership,” said Lobsang, an activist of the Gu Chu Sum, an NGO fighting for the cause of Tibetan.

A number of foreigners also joined the demonstrations.

The other NGOs that participated in the protest included the National Democratic Party of Tibet, the Students for a Free Tibet and the Ex-Political Prisoners’ Movement of Tibet.

Contrary to these protests, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama had Tuesday sent his good wishes to the Chinese government for the success of the Olympics.

“I would like to offer my greetings to the People’s Republic of China and the athletes… This is a proud moment for the 1.3 billion Chinese people,” a statement issued by the Tibetan government-in-exile quoted him as saying.

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