Tibetan refugees seeks India's intervention

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Shillong, Mar 31 (UNI) Hundreds of Tibetans refugees joined the global march here in protest against 'China's genocide' inside Tibet, even as their monks chanted prayers seeking divine intervention to end the 'inhuman suppression' of the fellow beings.

Tibetan monks holding their national flag joined the protest march to end the decade-old political unrest in the Himalayan kingdom.

''The situation in Tibet has reached an alarming stage with the continuous suppression by the Chinese Red Army. If the problem was not solved soon it will emerge as a big problem in Asia,'' said Yeshi Chonjom, exiled Tibetan student activist here.

The demonstration was a part of the ongoing international protest on bringing China's Olympic torch to Tibet due to the recent Chinese crackdown there.

Tibetan Freedom Movement (TFM)(Shillong) leader Gyaltsen Chompel said hundreds of protestors were being killed, imprisoned or tortured inside the Himalayan territory.

''We cannot sit idle here when our brothers and sisters are being killed and tortured. Our protest is to tell the world on China's suppression on peace loving Tibetans,'' he said.

The refugees also sought United Nation's intervention into the issue and asked to send a delegation comprising representatives from various countries, human rights and independent observers for the assessment of situation there However, most of the young Tibetans demanded India's immediate intervention on China's gross violation of human rights.

''We are looking towards India's intervention into China's iron-fisted rule over Tibet. Being the largest democracy in the world, India must take step forward to question China's military suppression,'' said Kalsang Dombel, another demonstrator.

Yeshi Chonzom, who was prevented from entering Nathu La Pass via Sikkim, said, ''India should be more realistic with China. China is not to be trusted, they shook hands with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Beijing and then claimed Arunachal Pradesh as their territory.'' Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in June 2003 recognised Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) as part of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Earlier, expressions used in bilateral agreements, included ''Tibet Region of China'' (1954), ''Tibetan region is part of the People's Republic of China'' (1958), ''Tibet is an autonomous region of China'' (1988 and 1991).

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