The protest in the Olympic Games host city came hours before a deadline for rioters in Lhasa to turn themselves in after street violence in the capital of the Buddhist Himalayan region in which dozens are believed to have died.
About 40 students were staging the sit-down at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing after many were taken away, onlookers said.
See also a Washington Post report on the Lanzhou protest, which also discusses a resurgence of Tibetan identity and unity in the wake of the disparate protests.
Photo source: duowei.com: Police block a foreign journalist trying to enter the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing.
And here’s what looks to be an image of the vigil itself from Beijing Wide Open:
The following video, from ITN Headline News (via tibetanuprising.org), includes footage of the candlelight vigil:
These photos are from Beijing-based Tibetan writer/blogger woeser’s blog, translated by CDT:
The following three photos are from candlelight vigils by students of the Central University of Nationalities.
The last three photos are vigils by 500 Tibetan students in the Tibetan language department of Northwest University of Nationalities in Lanzhou, Gansu province on March 16, 2008. The white cloth slogan is “Freedom” “Democracy” “In solidarity with all Tibetans”.