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Indian Police Arrest Tibetan Protesters Outside Chinese Embassy

  • VOA Tibetan

Indian police detain Tibetan exiles during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Upcoming Tibetan New Year's celebrations appear poised to bring more bloodshed to the troubled Himalayan region, the head of Tib

Indian police on Thursday arrested dozens of Tibetan activists outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi gathered to protest Qinghai governor Luo Huining's visit to the Indian Capital.

Police forcibly dragged away the kicking and screaming protesters, who were demonstrating to call attention to the situation in Tibet, where more than 20 monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in desperate protests against Chinese rule.

48 Tibetan college students were taken to the Tihar jail.

One young woman appealed for international support as she was being carried away to a waiting bus.

Tibetan exiles try to escape from a police vehicle after being detained during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Tibetan exiles try to escape from a police vehicle after being detained during a protest out
Tibetan exiles try to escape from a police vehicle after being detained during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Tibetan exiles try to escape from a police vehicle after being detained during a protest out

“Free Tibet, Tibet is burning world, please help, support us. UN are you blind, deaf, dumb? Can't you support us? Free Tibet, stop killing in Tibet, stop killing.”

India has the world's largest population of exiled Tibetans, including many who fled their homeland following a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, makes his home in the Indian city of Dharamsala.

However Indian authorities are sensitive about anti-Chinese demonstrations on their territory for fear of offending their powerful neighbor.

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