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Tibet-SFT-India-2014Delhi – On Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi's visit to Delhi on June 8, Students for a Free Tibet- India took to social media to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to raise the issue of border incursions in Ladakh, territory conflict in Arunachal and the draconian crackdown in TibetTibet when they meet Minister Wang Yi.

 

The crisis in Tibet over the past few years has only worsened, which is why Tibetans and Tibet activists around the world are intensifying efforts to urge countries like India to build pressure on China to end the severe repression in Tibet.

 

“We take this opportunity to welcome the new government of India and are thankful to the new Central Government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inviting Tibetan Exile PM Lobsang Sangay of Tibetan Government in exile to the swearing in ceremony of the PM of the largest democratic nation in the world. In doing so, India made a strong and clear statement on its stand on Tibet, along with their longstanding support and understanding” said Dorjee Tseten, Asia Director, Students for a Free Tibet. “China’s imperialist and draconian plans for regional domination now expands beyond Tibet with the incursions by Chinese troops on Indian Territory in Eastern Ladakh, conflict surrounding Arunachal Pradesh or rerouteing of the river, Brahmaputra. With the growing security and border tensions between India and China, Tibet’s freedom is the only viable and permanent solution to the conflict.”    

 

Since Xi Jinping became China’s President over an year ago in March 2013, China’s grip on Tibet has tightened. The renewed clampdown includes mass detentions, violent military responses to peaceful protests, increased use of “patriotic re-education” campaigns and the criminalization of family members of those 130 people who have protested by burning their bodies to protest Chinese rule in Tibet.

 

“We ask the Government of India to issue a strong statement in light of the current human rights violation, the provocative policies and crisis in Tibet. It’s time now for the Government of India to devise a counter-strategy by reinforcing the issue of Tibet in the talks with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi,” said Rashi Jauhri, Deputy Program Director of Students for a Free Tibet-India. “I urge my new government to deal China with strength by bringing Tibet’s issue on table. Tibet’s freedom is India’s security.”

 

According to news reports, security has been beefed in Majnu Ka Tila and New Delhi's Chanakyapuri area which houses the Chinese embassy.

"There were around 100 protesters. They have dispersed on their own," said deputy commissioner of police (north) Sindhu Pillai.

Additional commissioner of police (New Delhi) S B S Tyagi said that there was no such protest in the New Delhi district.

Tibetan activists said that hundreds of Tibetans in Delhi protest against this visit condemning China for killing and atrocities. But yet another unfortunate incident of total lock down of Tibetans from many areas in Delhi.

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