Come Thursday and witness two parallel relay runs in the city. One will have the Olympic torch and a few celebrities and the other will have thousands of Tibetans from all over the country who, will be running for their people and their homeland.
A parallel relay run in the Capital on Sunday will be organised by Tibetan protestors, who have been for the last one-month fighting against the Chinese oppression in Tibet and for a ‘free Tibet’.
There have been a slew of protests at Jantar Mantar in the last one month. As many as 5,000 people, are touted to take part in the protest.
The run will be from Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial to the Jantar Mantar observatory.
Tsetan Norbu of the Tibetan Solidarity Committee (TSC) said, “We are planning to run and show the world the atrocities of the Chinese government against our people. This run will be significant because on the very same day the Olympic relay run will take place at India Gate. We want to divert the attention of the world from Olympics to Tibetan issue.”
The Olympic torch will be relayed in the Capital on April 17.
From the day the Tibetan protests began, the Olympics being held in China have been facing a lot of criticism.
World over the torch has been met with hostility.
For Thursday’s relay the police is not taking any chances and the whole run will be completed in tight security cover.
Many famous personalities might be the part of the Tibetan relay protest including writer and activist Arundhati Roy and politicians George Fernandes and Jaya Jaitley. Some sports players might also join the event.
“Many personalities have come forward to support our cause. We are also approaching others as well,” added Norbu.
But the TSC has promised to maintain peace during the whole event. Youdon Aukatsang, Member of Parliament of the Tibetan Government in exile said.
“We will maintain the decorum at all times. It will be a completely peaceful protest. Our main aim is to make the world take notice of us and not to destroy public property or disrupt the peace in the city.”