Day after India refuses ban, Tibet protests continue

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New Delhi, Apr 12 (UNI) A day after New Delhi refused China's demand for a blanket ban on Tibetan protests, the exiled refugees here today took out another protest march against Chinese crackdown on Tibetans in the Himalayan region.

Protestors said they were determined to carry on with their protests till a solution was reached.

The march saw over a thousand Tibetans shouting anti-China slogans. The protestors marched from the Ram Lila Grounds to Jantar Mantar to protest the violent clampdown of the Tibetan protests in Tibet. An inter-faith prayer session was also held for those killed, injured and arrested in Tibet.

Security here has been beefed up ahead of the Olympic torch relay, which have disrupted by protestors in London and Paris.

Yesterday, India had conveyed to China that it will not stop the demonstrators by the Tibetans in this country but assured that the protestors would not be allowed to break the law.

New Delhi also conveyed to Beijing that the security of the Olympic Torch relay in India was its responsibility and the government would fully take care of that aspect.

''We have told the Chinese even today that India is a democracy and the people have a right to demonstrate in this country. Such demonstrations (by the Tibetans) cannot be stopped,'' top diplomatic sources said here.

However, they asserted that the protestors would not be allowed to break the law.

About the safety of the Olympic Torch in India, the sources said the security of the flame was the responsibility of the Government of India.


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