Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Tibetans hold protest, seek G20 intervention to end Chinese repression
TNN | Nov 3, 2011, 05.11AM IST
DHARAMSALA: Tibetan NGOs in McLeodganj on Wednesday staged a joint protest seeking the intervention of world leaders towards the Tibetan cause during the forthcoming G20 summit in France, which is also being attended by Chinese president Hu Jintao.

The protesters wanted the G20 summit to ask China to end its alleged brutal suppression inside Tibet, leading to self-immolation by 11 monks this year so far.

Enraged over the self-immolations, members of various organizations working globally, including Tibetan Youth Congress, Students for Free Tibet-India, Tibetan Women Association, National Democratic Party of Tibet, International TibetNetwork and Gu-Chu-Sum Association of former Tibetan prisoners participated in the protest.

Held under the banner ENOUGH'', the protesters dressed themselves as top leaders of the world, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese president Hu Jintao and US presidentBarack Obama, during the rally.

Monks participating in the rally were holding banners depicting self-immolations. Later, they laid down on the roads, wrapping themselves with these banners.

Meanwhile, the Tibetan parliament-in-exile has urged G20 summit to intervene and sort out the grim situation inside Tibet.

"The unprecedented acts by Tibetans are the ultimate form of non-violent action and TYC recognizes these as valuable sacrifices," said Tsewang Rigzin, president of Tibetan Youth Congress. China's merciless and violent crackdown is compounding Tibetan grievances and exacerbating the crisis. Resistance against the same by Tibetan people will continue as long as occupation of Tibet persists,'' he said.

The protest was part of demonstrations held simultaneously in 60 cities across the world in the wake of G20 summit.

Dorjee Tsten, director of Students for Free Tibet-India, said that Tibetans across the world were saying enough'' to China's violent military rule over Tibet. "We are also saying 'enough' to world leaders for failing to hold Beijing accountable for its atrocities in Tibet. Their inaction will only lead to tragic loss of countless more Tibetan lives. We cannot stand by and let that happen," he said.

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