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Tibetans Students Protest Chinese Rule

About 50 Tibetan students demonstrated Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, demanding that allegations of human-rights violations in Tibet be addressed during the coming G-20 summit.

The protests follow the self-immolation of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks over the past month. The monks set themselves on fire to protest what they see as a Chinese effort to eliminate their cultural traditions and religious beliefs.

Tsering, one of the New Delhi protesters, told VOA the self-immolations should call attention to the desperate situation in the region.

"[W]e want to urge all that nation also to urge China to stop killing inside Tibet. From March 16 itself, consistent self-immolation is going on so we want to urge China to look into Tibet,” said Tsering.

The G20 summit, which brings together leaders of the world's developed and emerging economic powers, officially begins Thursday in Cannes, France.

On Tuesday, human-rights investigators with the United Nations called for Beijing to end the repression and harassment of Tibetan Buddhists, including the arrests or disappearances of hundreds of monks. The arrests are considered by many as China's response to the self-immolations.

Another protester, Sonam, says further demands by the international community will boost the Tibetan movement.

“So far the Tibetan movement has remained non-violent and if the big countries support the Tibetan issue, this will give us a hope that there is a place for non-violence in this world," said Tsering.

"Otherwise if we pursue violent things like terrorists and all these things then it will only lead to more violence and more bloodshed rather than peace and harmonious world," added Tsering.

China has dismissed the criticisms, urging critics to adopt a "fair perspective" of its actions in Tibet.