October 25, 2011

Tibet: Students Storm Chinese Embassy In India

Tibetan students aligned with the Tibetan Youth Congress protested at the Chinese Embassy and the UN in New Delhi in protest of the securitization of Ngaba County.

Below is an article published by Phayul

The Indian capital city of New Delhi continued to remain a hectic scene of Tibet campaigns for the seventh consecutive day.

Earlier today [24 October 2011], a group of Tibetan college students stormed the Chinese embassy in New Delhi demanding the Chinese government to immediately withdraw its military presence from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet.

Since March this year, nine Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet, protesting China’s continued occupation and demanding the return of the Dalai Lama from exile.

Latest videos released by foreign reporters, who were able to gain rare access to Ngaba County, show an under-siege area with heavy security surveillance and large contingents of Chinese security personnel in full riot gear manning the streets, carrying automatic weapons and iron batons.

The college students belonging to the Chandigarh chapter of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest pro-independence group in exile also demanded independent investigation teams to be allowed inside Tibet to assess the “escalating critical situation in Ngaba County and Kirti Monastery”.

According to Tsewang Rigzin, president of TYC, all the protesters are currently detained at the Chanakyapuri Police Station. 

“This protest today was staged under the banner ‘Tibet Burning’, a global protest campaign initiated by TYC which seeks to bring the heat on the Beijing government to address the burning issue of Tibet,” said Rigzin.

Coinciding with the UN Foundation Day, another group of youth activists staged a whistle protest action outside the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), New Delhi.

50 college students from the Rohini regional chapter of TYC blew whistles for almost two hours outside the UN office while shouting slogans such as “Wake up United Nations,” “Are you sleeping United Nations?” 

TYC said in a release that the whistle blowing action is a “wakeup call for the United Nations on the Tibet issue”. 

The release also said that one of the protestors, Tsering suffered a broken arm when the students tried to climb the gates of the UN building.