Tibetan Students, Activists Protest Chinese Rule

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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About 50 Tibetan students demonstrated Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy in India — demanding the Tibet situation be addressed at Thursday's G-20 summit in Cannes.

The demonstration follows the self-immolation of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns over the past month. They set themselves on fire to protest what they see as a Chinese intrusion into their cultural traditions and religious beliefs.

One of the demonstrators in New Delhi, Tsering, told VOA the activists are seeking to highlight the desperate situation in Tibet.

In Cannes Wednesday, two activists waving banners protesting the ongoing Chinese crackdown on Buddhist monks and nuns in Tibet rappelled down the facade of a railway station, before police intervened to make arrests.

U.N. human rights investigators have called on Beijing to end the repression and harassment of Tibetan Buddhists, including the arrests and disappearances of hundreds of monks. The arrests are widely seen as China's response to the self-immolations.

Another protester, Sonam, says further demands by the international community will boost the Tibetan movement.

China has dismissed the criticisms, urging critics to adopt a “fair perspective” of its actions in Tibet.