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30august2012-003Dharamshala: On Tuesday (28 August, 2012), Tibetan supporters stage a protest in front of German Chancellor's office to urge her to address the crisis in Tibet for her upcoming visit to China.

 

With the recent onset of self-immolations followed by heavy crackdown from Chinese authority, Tibet Initiative Deutschland (TID) staged a "Crime Scene: Tibet" in front of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel's office. Protestors drew 51 bodies on the floor using chalk to symbolize the 51 Tibetans who set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese oppression in Tibet. "We are calling on her to publicly condemn China's crackdown in Tibet and to demand unlimited access for diplomats and foreign journalist," said Nadine Baumann, Executive Director of TID.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is arranged to meet with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in order to discuss vast range of current global issues including European debt crisis and plans for economic revival. Germany is China's biggest European trading partner and the Chancellor wants to assure China that European's bonds and investments are safe.

Some Tibetan supporters fear that issues relating to human rights have been completely ignored due to the debt problems and economic crisis. By outlining the "victim's" bodies on the floor, Tibetan supporters hoped to set a reminder about those who self-immolated for the human rights cause.

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