Around 600 Tibetans and Tibet activists held demonstration near the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday to raise awareness of the recent self-immolation by Tibetan monks and nuns in Tibet.
Prominent Indian figures such as social activist Swami Agnivesh and journalist Surender Kumar joined the demonstration at the Tinmurti Chowk.
Swami Agnivesh said he came to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet who want to preserve their cultural and religious identity.
“Here is my solidarity with the people of Tibet who want to preserve their identity, cultural, social and linguistic and spiritual identity,” said Swami Agnivesh.
A Tibetan takes part in a demonstration against China near the Chinese embassy in New Delhi November 16, 2011 (VOA Photo/Tsering Wangyal).
Tibetan activists carried Tibetan flags and chanted slogans against China.
Organizers of the rally say this is the first of the series of weekly demonstrations to be held every Wednesday to show solidarity with the Tibetan people inside Tibet.
In eastern Tibet, 11 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March, demanding greater religious freedom and return of Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. A Tibetan exile also took part in a self-immolation protest in the Indian capital last week. At least five monks and two nuns have died in the self-immolations, Tibetan rights groups say.