The coordinating members said the march, defying Indian government’s order banning peaceful protests against China, was re-launched in wake of China’s brutal crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators going on inside Tibet. 44 Tibetan core marchers are walking this time, after the first group 100 core marchers along with 2 organizers had been forcibly stopped and arrested by Indian Government early Thursday morning before reaching Dehra town. These 100 core marchers and two coordinators, who undertook the march from Dharamsala on Monday, March 10, 2008, are currently held in judicial remand in a state-run Yatri Nivas near Dehra, some 53kms from Dharamsala. Meanwhile, Indian police in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala, where Tibetan Government-in-Exile is based, have set up checkpoints on the roads leaving town and are reportedly checking all buses keeping close watch on any Tibetan protesters that may be trying to leave the area. Tibetans have complained of some buses even being turned back. The Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement is a global movement of Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet taking control of our political destiny. The current primary effort of the Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement, the March to Tibet aims to revive the spirit of the historic national uprising of 1959, and by engaging in direct action, bring about an end to China’s 60 years of illegal and brutal occupation of Tibet,” the organizers say. The Tibet issue is again on the international spotlight as China prepares to host the Olympics in less than 6 months. Tibetan exiles, scattered around the world in small numbers, have been organizing series of worldwide campaigns against China’s illegal occupation of Tibet since March 10. In many areas Tibetans have stormed Chinese embassies and consulates. World leaders and rights groups have been urging China to show restraint in dealing peaceful Tibetan demonstrators in Tibet. The Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government-in-Exile have called on Chinese leadership to refrain from taking repressive measures and asked international community to persuade China to address Tibet issue through dialogue with Tibetan people.
- Students staged a protest in Eastern Tibet:
- Commemoration of Women’s Uprising Day: