In New Delhi, about 1,000 Tibetans with Indian supporters staged a noisy demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy on Saturday (10 March) to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
SV PULL OUT TO GV Chinese flag in Embassy grounds with police cordon in front of building (THREE SHOTS)
GV demonstrators marching to Embassy shouting anti-Chinese and pro-Tibetan slogans and carrying banners (TWO SHOTS)
GV & SV demonstrators marching past police cordon in front of Embassy (TWO SHOTS)
SV demonstrators marching and chanting
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SV demonstrators chanting from behind police cordon (TWO SHOTS)
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GV chanting demonstrators waving banners outside Embassy (FOUR SHOTS)
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Background: In New Delhi, about 1,000 Tibetans with Indian supporters staged a noisy demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy on Saturday (10 March) to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of nearly all opposition parties in India joined the march which took them to the Shanti Path, where most of the foreign Embassies are situated. The government had supplied a police security cordon to keep the demonstrators away from the Chinese Embassy. About 100,000 Tibetan refugees have lived in India since China took over Tibet. To mark the anniversary, the Dalai Lama, their exiled spiritual and temporal leader, said in a message that the Chinese should allow the Tibetan exiles to visit their homes. He said that so far the true conditions have been hidden from all foreigners who have visited Tibet.
Soon after the call from the Dalai Lama, the Chinese authorities showed some signs of relaxing their attitude towards the community of exiles. A group of 15 Tibetans were given permission to return to Tibet as tourists, and they were told there would be no restriction on their movements.
The decision by the Chinese was not made public until the day after the demonstration. For the protestors, the chance of a return to their homeland seemed remote, and the anger they felt at twenty years of exile contributed to the anti-Chinese slogans they painted on their banners and shouted across the barricade of police outside the Embassy.