Tibetan exiles to protest China’s new rail link to Lhasa – Tashi Dhondup

From AFP via Yahoo! News:

Tibetan exiles said they will protest next month’s opening of the world’s highest railway which links the Himalayan plateau with the rest of China.

Exiles said they would hold rallies outside Chinese consulates worldwide against the July 1 opening of the railway which they fear will lead to a flood of Chinese settlers into remote .

“This railway will have devastating consequences for our people as Beijing tries to overwhelm our population, dilute our culture and exploit our land,” said Ngawang Woeber head of a group of former Tibetan political prisoners helping organise the protests.

Beijing has hailed the railway, which spans 2,040 kilometres (1,275 miles) from Golmud in northwest Qinghai province to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, as another step in modernising the region. [Full Text]

An announcement for the protest was recently posted here on The China Environmental News blog.

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