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Arrested Tibetans-in-exile Say They will Reach Homeland

June 10, 2008

Thaindian (India)
June 8th, 2008 - 4:40 pm

Ponta Sahib, (Himacahal Pradesh) June 8 (ANI)-- Arrested
Tibetans-in-exile in Ponta Sahib said that they were determined to
reach their homeland and complete their march to Tibet.

"We will follow the rules of the government after detention by the
police. But, we will reach Tibet and fight for our independence, Vice
President of Tibetan Democratic Party Ashang Happa said on Saturday.

Police detained 270 exiles at Pithoragarh in Uttaranchal on Thursday.

Currently lodged in Ponta Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, they reiterated
their determination to go to Tibet.

They had begun their journey on March 10 from Dharamsala, the seat of
the Tibetan government-in-exile. After days of peaceful march, the
protesters were asked to return from where they started. Protesters
resented the move and were arrested. The protesters were infuriated
with nearly 85 days of peaceful march being revoked. They had planned
to arrive in Tibet to coincide with the Beijing Olympics Games, which
begins in August.

Tibetan Diaspora all over the world were seeking an end to Chinese
repression in Tibet and have staged a wave of protests across the
world especially at Dharamsala, home of the Tibetan spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama in India. (ANI)
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