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30october20109Dharamshala: Protests about the recent educational reforms in Tibet have spread through-out the exiled Tibetan community this week, as large demonstrations occur in South India and Dharamshala.

Around 1,500 students from five Tibetan schools, SOS TCV school, CST Bylakuppe, CVP Bylakuppe, Sera senior secondary school took part in the many different demonstrations, which included; a large petition, an introduction to the public about Tibet, a silent march and a candlelight vigil. The events, on Sunday (31st October), occurred in two Tibetan settlements inside Bylakuppe, South India. However, the signature campaign is still ongoing.

In Dharamshala on Saturday evening, school children from the Tibetan Children's Village undertook a candlelight vigil marching through Dharamshala to show their solidarity with the Tibetan students' protests in Amdho. There are also plans to hold a mass candlelight vigil tonight (1st November) at 5:30pm in the main square of McLeod Ganj to reiterate the Tibetans living in exile's support of the protests, where they will screen new photos of the protests inside Tibet.

These demonstrated come after more than 9,000 Tibetans inside Tibet have protested against the Chinese educational reforms that will see all classes taught in Mandarin instead of the native Tibetan. The Tibet Post International has learnt that during the protests that took place inside Tibet many students and teachers were detained and anyone who had used their cameras or mobile telephones to document the events had their electronics ceased.

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