India Stops Tibetan Exiles Marching to Protest Beijing Olympics

Tibetan demonstrators were stopped in their tracks as they began a protest walk from India to Tibet, reports the Associated Press.

Indian police barred several hundred Tibetan exiles from marching to Tibet on Monday to protest Beijing hosting this summer’s Olympic Games, as Tibetans marked their uprising against Chinese rule.

Protesters also held demonstrations in New Delhi and Katmandu, Nepal, where 10 activists were detained after hundreds clashed with police. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, speaking at a separate event, accused China of “unimaginable and gross violations of human rights” in the Himalayan region.

The Indian government issued an order banning the marchers from leaving Dharmasala, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

India, which had been sympathetic to the cause of the Tibetan exiles in the past, has clamped down on public protests in recent years, fearing they could embarrass Beijing and damage burgeoning relations between the two Asian giants.

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March 11, 2008 12:36 AM
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