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Tibetan Exiles Protest Olympic Torch Route བོད་སྐད།


Tibetan exiles in northern India have demonstrated against China's decision to take the Olympic torch through Tibet.

Protesters shouted anti-China slogans and dressed as Chinese police enacting scenes of brutality Tuesday in the hill town of Dharamsala.

The Olympic torch is expected to pass through the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, on Saturday. Human Rights Watch has condemned the relay, saying it is unconscionable and reckless for China to use the city for such propaganda purposes, while it remains otherwise closed.

Also Tuesday, Indian police ended a protest march to China by Tibetan exiles, stopping them near the border of Tibet. Close to 50 protesters were arrested.

China has come under international criticism for its March crackdown on anti-government protesters in Tibet. Angry demonstrations in several cities marred the international torch relay for the upcoming Beijing Olympics.

Beijing has blamed the Dalai Lama for inciting the protests, claiming he wants to separate Tibet from the rest of China.

The Dalai Lama says he is opposed to violence and is seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibet
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