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Tibetans in exile protest Chinese Foreign Minister's arrival in India

September 11, 2008

New Delhi, Sept 8 (ANI): Tibetans-in-exile took to streets in New 
Delhi to show their annoyance against visiting Chinese Foreign 
Minister Yang Jiechi who arrived in the national capital today.

The Tibetan protestors carrying Tibetan flags and shouting slogans 
condemned the alleged Chinese atrocities agait the Tibetans in their 
homeland and demanded that Beijing should set Tibet free.

"We are here protesting against the visitor Chinese Finance Minister 
Yang Jiechi to India. We are protesting that China has illegally 
occupied Tibet for almost 60 years and they are brutally cracking down 
on the Tibetans inside Tibet, especially since the recent times on the 
peaceful protest inside Tibet. So we are letting him (Yang Jiechi) 
know that China should get out of Tibet and they should stop crackdown 
on Tibetan people," said Tsewang Rigzin, president of the Tibetan 
Youth Congress (TYC).

The protesters shouted slogans urging the people of India and the 
world to help them in their cause of freedom of Tibet from China.

China has controlled Tibet since People's Liberation Army troops 
marched into the region in 1950 and Beijing considers Tibet as an 
integral part of its territory.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959 after 
an abortive uprising against Chinese rule.

Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans' religious aspirations, 
especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual 
leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

China has accused followers of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan 
Buddhist leader, of stirring riots and protests in Tibetan regions in 
March in a bid to upstage its Olympic preparations. The Dalai Lama has 
denied the claim and said he upheld China's right to host the Games.

But groups campaigning for an independent Tibet said the Beijing 
Olympics should be used as an opportunity to voice criticism of 
Chinese policy. (ANI)
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