Tibetan exiles' march reaches Bodh Gaya

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Bodh Gaya(Bihar), May 29: A Tibetan exiles' march on foot that began from New Delhi has reached Bodh Gaya in Bihar.

Around 135 Tibetans including five women and an 80-year-old man began theirarch on foot from New Delhi on April 9.

All along the way, they distributed pamphlets in order to create awareness and garner support for the cause of the freedom of their homeland.

The protesters later offered prayers in memory of Tibetans who died during Chinese crackdown in Tibet in last two months.

"The main objective of the march on foot is to pay homage to hundreds of Tibetan brothers and sisters killed in Tibet in last two months. We will offer prayers for the peace of their souls. We want to gain support of Indian citizens and government for the Tibetan cause," said Sonam Dorje, a member of the Tibetan Youth Congress.

Tibetans have been staging series of protests in the year of Beijing Olympics in an attempt to draw international attention towards their cause.

Chinese officials met envoys of the Dalai Lama recently in a bid to resolve the issue without much progress.

The talks took place a few months before Beijing hosts the Olympic Games in August and weeks after deadly riots in Tibet and the subsequent security crackdown that drew international criticism.


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