Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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.

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