Tibetans protest near Chinese embassy, detained

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 09, 2011 14:30 hrs

New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Several Tibetans were detailed Wednesday when they protested near the Chinese embassy here on the eve of the anniversary of the failed uprising against Chinese rule.

The protest was organised by the pro-independence Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). TYC president Tsewang Rigzin told IANS that police detained 52 Tibetans.

The protesters, wearing yellow T-shirts and waving red and blue Tibetan flags, tried to march towards the Chinese embassy shouting slogans.

'The 52 protesters symbolised the 52nd anniversary of the uprising,' he added, referring to the revolt of 1959 that led to the flight of the Dalai Lama to India.

Rigzin said the demonstration was held only in New Delhi.

Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile, was calm.

'The Tibetan people will continue to demand independence for Tibet and freedom for the Tibetan people... We will never waver from our goal to regain Tibet's independence,' the TYC said in a statement in Dharamsala.

Hundreds of Tibetans will assemble in Dharamsala Thursday to hear their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's special address, an official at the Dalai Lama's office told IANS .

In 2008, bloody riots broke out in Lhasa following peaceful protests to mark the uprising.

The Dalai Lama, whom Beijing brands a separatist, fled Tibet with his supporters in 1959 and took refuge in India after Chinese troops occupied Lhasa and the rest of Tibet.

Around 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, most of them in India.