Thursday, November 23, 2006


Tibetan activist sets himself on fire outside hotel of Chinese president in Mumbai

AP[Thursday, November 23, 2006 10:47]
MUMBAI, India: A Tibetan activist unfurled a Tibetan flag and then set himself on fire outside the Mumbai hotel where Chinese President Hu Jintao was staying to protest Chinese rule in the Himalayan region.Police said Hu and his staff were inside the hotel at the time of the incident.

The man and six other Tibetan youths drove up to the hotel in two taxis, jumped out and began chanting slogans against China's occupation of Tibet. He then doused his pants with a liquid and set them on fire, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene.Several policemen quickly jumped on the man, rolled him on the ground and doused the flames.Police took all seven men away.Mumbai police commissioner A. N. Roy said the activist was not seriously wounded.
"Doctors are monitoring his condition," Roy said.He also denied there had been a breach of security."The hotel has been secured since last night. This took place outside the barricades," he said.After the incident police cordoned off adjacent roads to the hotel.Separately, some 250 Tibetans held a protest in another part of Mumbai, chanting "Free Tibet" and "Down with China."India became a center for Tibetan exiles after their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled there in 1959 after a failed uprising, settling in the northern town of Dharmsala.Indian police have taken strong measures to prevent protests near Hu that could embarrass the Chinese leader.
Last week police barred a prominent Tibetan activist, Tenzin Tsundue, from leaving Dharmsala during Hu's visit.Tsundue has a reputation for publicity stunts that have embarrassed previous Chinese visitors and Indian police.
Police also barred gatherings of more than five people at places Hu was scheduled to visit while in New Delhi earlier this week.Most Tibetans say China has attempted to destroy Tibetan Buddhist culture by flooding Tibet with China's ethnic Han majority.The protesters have singled out Hu, who governed the Tibetan region between 1988 and 1992, saying he had adopted a repressive stance toward the region.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Tibetans breach security to reach site of Sino-Indian talks

India detains Tibetans protesting over Hu's visit

Tue 21 Nov 2006 11:33:21 GMT
NEW DELHI, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Indian police have detained 24 Tibetans protesting against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao, Tibetan representatives said on Tuesday.More than 1,000 Tibetans living in India have been holding demonstrations under heavy police presence in the heart of New Delhi, condemning Hu's visit and calling for China to stop what they say are atrocities against their people.Ten of them were arrested for trying to enter the compound of the building where Hu was meeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and another 10 for trying to burn the Chinese flag outside the hotel where Hu is staying.Four more were held on Monday after trying to stop Hu's motorcade as he arrived from the airport, said Tsultrim Dorjee, general secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) -- a group of thousands of young Tibetans who advocate independence.
"Our position has been clear cut on this issue. Tibet has been a part of Chinese territory," she said. Jiang noted that India has made an assurance to China that it will not allow Tibetans living in the country to engage in anti-China political activities from Indian territory. Click more....

Hu’s afraid of the Dalai Lama

Financial Express
In particular, the shelter it has provided since 1959 to the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, and, by now, some 100,000 of his followers is an outstanding example of national hospitality. India is still a poor country that in the 1950s saw China, the Tibetans’ oppressor, as a "brother". Yet it provided a home big enough to accommodate the dream of Tibetan cultural survival.
So it is sad to see India follow the West in helping China by making even the limited political space available to Tibetan exiles even smaller. This week, for example, as India prepares to receive Hu Jintao, China’s president, from November 20th , it slapped a travel ban on Tenzin Tsundue, a young Tibetan activist in Dharamsala, seat of Tibet's government-in-exile. Mr Tsundue has staged protests when other Chinese leaders have come calling.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Exiled Tibetans protests in New Delhi against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Unified and Massive Protests to Mar Hu Jintao's India Visit

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul Correspondent

Dharamsala, November 18 - As of now, there is no indication of what so ever that India will press Chinese President; Hu Jintao on any of the issues related to Tibet and its people when he visits India later in the coming week.

In fact, New Delhi has, earlier on November 12, served Tenzin Tsundue, a prominent Free-Tibet activist, an order not to move out of Dharamsala till November 25. Tsundue now has policemen watching him all the time.

While Tsundue, may not be able to repeat his usual highly provocative protest during Hu’s visit because of the strict restriction placed on him; the move has, however, helped trigger an intense reaction among Tibetans in exile.

Besides, the deep agonising impact of the recent Nangpa La Pass shooting, which also caused considerable international outrage, is still very much fresh in the minds of Tibetan people.

With all these and knowing there is little chance from New Delhi taking up the Tibetan issue with the Chinese counterpart during their forthcoming meeting, Tibetan refugees here in Dharamsala feel that the ultimate solution should come out of their desperate, yet peaceful actions.Tibetans here in Dharamsala are intolerant of the Hu’s forthcoming visit to India. Posters defying Hu Jintao are seen all over the places here. A collective and massive call for Tibetans, under the banner of six pro-Tibet organisations, to get prepared for action during Hu Jintao’s visit to India has been underway since the past one week.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), GuChuSum Movement, National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) and Friends of Tibet (FOT) have been calling for Tibetans to stage massive protests on November 19-21 in New Delhi and elsewhere.The organising leaders here said that there is already a strong response from both Tibetans and Tibet-supporters around the world.

The organizers also said that donation-money, for the protest-activities, is continuously pouring in.

Organisers here are expecting varying and repeated protests to mar Hu Jinatao’s India visit and, are constantly calling for more Tibetans and Tibet-supporters to take part in them.

“We are working hard to make sure a unified and strong protests to continue during Hu Jintao’s visit to India”, says Tsundue, who is now actively involved in helping prepare for protests. “We are getting overwhelming response, but we still want more people to come forward. There can be no limit”, adds Tsundue.

More than 8 buses loaded with more than 500 Tibetans and Tibet supporters from Dharamsla left for Delhi late in the evening today to take part in massive rallying protests. Protests will begin from tomorrow, a day before Hu Jintao arrives in Delhi, and will continue till November 21.

The organisers are making sure that the protests during Hu’s India visit to be the strongest and the biggest of its kind so far.Another bus, filled mostly with foreign Tibet supporters, had already left for Delhi earlier in the afternoon today and still there many more are waiting to leave.

A 63 year-old Tibetan woman, Tsering Tsomo, presently staying in an old-age home here, was saddened because she couldn’t board one of the buses today. She had earlier registered herself to take part in the protests, but was stopped by the management of the old-age home due to her health concerns.

“I wish I can join them and be a part of the protesting group”, says Tsering with her eyes blurred by tears. “By the grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I’m sure to see a free Tibet in this life time”, Tsering consoles herself.

According to the organisers, a large number of Tibetans from other parts of India have also left their respected settlements and are due to arrive in Delhi tomorrow morning. Also an overwhelming number of Indian friends will be joining them in Delhi.

See below for the joint-call statement released by the six organizations:

Call for Tibetans to Take Action during Hu Jintao’s India Visit

Chinese President, Hu Jintao, will be visiting India on November 20th to discuss trade relations and border issues with Indian Prime Minister, Man Mohan Singh. India essentially shares border with Tibet and not with China. Yet, if India and China settle on their border disputes, then political analysts fear that Tibetan issue will be diluted and Tibet’s case will soon lose ground. Hu Jintao is attempting to change history with his visit to India. He will try to hammer the final nail into Tibet’s coffin so that our struggle will be buried forever. This is our opportunity to let Hu Jintao and the world know that we ill not keep silent.

Despite continued effort by the Tibetan government not to offend the Chinese government, there has been o reciprocal effort from the Chinese. Just this past May, the Chinese government defamed His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tibet and reinstated their patriotic re-education of the Tibetan People. Those who fought against the Chinese re-education policy were imprisoned and subjected to various tortures. Tibetans in Tibet enjoy no freedom under Chinese rule, and every year many thousands risk their lives escaping over the Himalayas into exile.

How many Nangpa La shootings must have occurred in the past that we do not know about? How much more evidence do we need of China’s disregard for human rights in Tibet before we act? Let us get together and raise a single and unified voice against the Chinese President, Hu Jintao, when he visits India. We will let him know that he will always be greeted with protests until Tibet is freee.

May we never forget Nangpala. May we never forget Tibet.

Let us work United for the Freedom of Tibet.TYC, TWA, GuChuSum, NDPT, SFT, FOT.Contacts: 9418339697, 9816330413, 9418324751, 9418079832, 9816368335


Tibetans in India are planning a major protest in New Delhi during Hu Jintao's visit next week under the banner of the Tibetan People's Movement. As the Chinese President prepares for his first trip to India, Tibetans have an opportunity to tell him what they think of him
and China's policies towards Tibet, especially in light of the recent murder of Tibetan refugees at Nangpa Pass. The groundwork for this action is being done by an organizing committee of activists from Students for a Free Tibet (SFT),Gu Chu Sum, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tibetan Women Association (TWA) and National Democrate Party for Tibet (NDPT). One of the biggest challenges they face is raising the funds to support this mobilization. The committee has been recently requesting Tibet Support Group's, NGO's, Tibetans and Tibet Groups to assist them financially to materialize the action plan. We (TYUK and Tibetan Community in Britain) appeal to every Tibetan and supporter who believes that President Hu must hear the voice of the Tibetan people to support this action.

Tibetans must send a clear and strong message that it is not just one person advocating for Tibetan freedom. Tibetans must demonstrate that the Tibetan issue is not about one man - it is about 6 million Tibetans suffering every day under Chinese rule.


Any amount of donations are welcomed and is worth every penny. If donating by cheque, please address it to "Tibetan Community in Britain" and post to

Please email back ASAP with your name, location and amount you would like to pledge. Alternatively, you can call us on following numbers if you have any doubts or queries.

Thank you for your support in advance. Bod Gyalo!


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TCB(Tibetan Community in Britain )
Karma : 07725501995
Dekyi : 07789767997

Friday, November 17, 2006


Dharamsala – In anticipation of the first-ever visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India, the Indian Government today served Tibetan activist and writer, Tenzin Tsundue, with an order forbidding him to leave the “territorial jurisdiction of Dharamshala Town” until November 25. The letter, issued by the Office of the Superintendent of Police, threatens Tsundue with prosecution under the Foreigners Act of 1946 if he fails to obey the order. When asked what prosecution would mean, the Additional Superintendent of Police, Santosh Patial, replied: “Deportation to Tibet.” The pressure on Tsundue is the result of his high profile protests during the visits of Chinese Prime Ministers Zhu Rongji and Wen Jiabao in 2002 and 2005. Hu Jintao will visit India from November 20-23.

“This is an attack on the freedom of all Tibetans and people living in democratic India. It is a shame on the Government of India and disrespect to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and all those who struggled for independence in this country. Clearly this is pressure from the Chinese government,” said Tenzin Tsundue, General Secretary of Friend of Tibet India. “I was born in India and I am working only nonviolently for the human rights and freedom of my people. This issue is not about me but it is about the six million Tibetans who are suffering every day under Chinese rule and who are deprived of their voice to speak out against the occupation.” As of now, eleven policemen are following Tsundue around the clock and police have also taken up residence in the room next to his.

In a letter sent today to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, through the Dharamsala Superintendent of Police, Tsundue requested a meeting with Hu Jintao while he is in India. In it Tsundue stated: “It is because of the lack of this access that I have been demonstrating on your streets, drawing world attention to the atrocities that Tibet is subjected to. If such an opportunity to speak to Hu Jinato face-to-face does not arise this time too, we will again be compelled to come out on the streets in large numbers to voice our anger and frustration.” Tsundue also cited the recent shootings of defenseless Tibetan refugees by Chinese forces at Nangpala Pass as fresh evidence of China’s brutality in Tibet.

“The visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India is a rare and important opportunity for Tibetans to raise our voice for the restoration of Tibetan independence,” said Tenzin Choeying. National Director of Students for a Free Tibet India. “It’s our duty to use the freedom we find in India to bring attention to the Tibetan issue and push for an end to China’s ongoing occupation of our country. Rather than focusing on the actions of Tibetan youth born and raised in India, the Indian government should be concerned about what the Chinese are doing on their borders that threatens the national security of India.”

Hu Jintao will visit New Delhi, Agra and Mumbai (Bombay) from November 20-23 before leaving for Pakistan. While in New Delhi, he is expected to attend official functions at Vigyan Bhawan and the Hyderabad House. In the lead up to Hu’s India visit, government officials from both countries have been meeting to discuss trade and border issues.

The text of the order from the superintendent of police is below.


You Mr. Tenzin Tsundue, a Tibetan national holder R/C No. 167/90/Tib/D’shala at present General Secretary, Friends of Tibet India (FOTI) were found indulging in agitational activities during the visit of Chinese delegations in the past and there is a credible information that you are likely to indulge in similar activities during the visit of the Chinese President w.e.f. 20/11/2006 to 23/11/2006.

Therefore, I, Ajay Kumar Yadav, IPS, Superintendent of Police-cum-Foreigners Registration Officer, District Kangra at Dharamsala (HP) in exercise of power vested in me under section 3 (2) (e) (ii) of the Foreigners Act-1946 hereby order that you will not leave the territorial jurisdiction of Dharamsala Town till 25/11/2006 from the date of issuance of this order, falling which you shall be liable for prosecution under the relevant provisions of law.

(Ajay Kumar Yadav) IPS,
Superintendent of Police-cum-Foreigners Registration Officer, Kangra at Dharamsala (HP).

Endst. No. 31945-90 /CB
Dated 12-11-06

Copy to: -
1. The Chief Secretary to the Govt of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla for information please.
2. The Principal Secretary (Home) to the Govt of H.P., Shimla for information please.
3. The Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla for information please.
4. The Commissioner of Police, Delhi for information please.
5. The Commissioner of Police, Mumbai for information please.
6. The Addl. Director General of Police, State CID H.P., , Shimla for information please.
7. The Dy. Inspr. General of Police, Northern Range, Dharamshala for information please.
8. The Sr. Superintendent of Police, Agra (UP) for information please.
9. All Superintendents of Police in Himachal Pradesh for information and necessary action
10. All SHO’S/o and I/C’s PP in Kangra District for information and necessary action.
11. Mr. Tenzin Tsundue, a Tibetan national, General Secretary, Friends of Tibet India (FOTI) for necessary action

(signature of Ajay Kumar)
Superintendent of Police-Cum-Foreigners Registration Officer, Kangra at Dharamshala (HP)

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