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New Delhi Tibetans Close Businesses to Protest Xi Jinping's India Visit


An Exile Tibetan man holds a banner during a protest to highlight Chinese control over Tibet, coinciding with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Xi was traveling Wednesday to India, where he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to discuss trade, infrastructure and territorial disputes. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

On the second day of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India Tibetans in the Indian capital closed their shops, restaurants and guest houses and held protest demonstrations and prayer meeting at Samyeling Tibetan Colony, in the Majnu Tilla section of the city.

The day also saw the arrest of 34 Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) activists and 18 members of Students for a Free Tibet, including 3 Indian students, who were protesting in front of Hotel Taj Palace, and Hyderabad House where the meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being held.

11 TYC activists were arrested while protesting at the Chinese Embassy yesterday, bringing the total of number of protesters arrested to over 60 people.

Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi are expected to discuss trade, infrastructure, and territorial disputes during Xi's first official India visit.

Tibetan organizations have urged Modi to raise the Tibet issue as part of the dialog with the Chinese President on improving bilateral relations.

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