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Tibetan refugees in Orissa concerned over turmoil in homeland

Tibetan refugees settled in Orissa are planning to hold a silent rally followed by hunger strike to protest against alleged human rights violations in their homeland.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2008 13:35 IST

Tibetan refugees settled in Orissa's Gajpati district are planning to hold a silent rally followed by hunger strike to protest against alleged human rights violations in their homeland.

The refugees have been taking out candle light procession every evening since the unrest began in Lhasa, urging the Chinese government to stop the crackdown in Tibet.

"We condemn arrest of hundreds of innocent Tibetans by the Chinese government in our homeland. We urge Beijing to stop the crackdown," Tsering Thuntsok, former local unit president of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), said here.

As part of their protests, the refugees are planning to hold a silent rally followed by hunger strike at Bhubaneswar on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Several organisations including members of TYC, local assembly, Tibetan Women's Association and representatives of the Dalai Lama are expected to take part in the rally, Jamphel, former local assembly president, said.

They would submit a memorandum to the Orissa Governor urging him to request the Chinese government to stop the alleged human rights violation in Tibet and unconditionally release the arrested innocent Tibetans.

Thrown from their homeland, about 600 Tibetan refugee families had settled in five camps in Chandragiri area that is topographically and climatically similar to the Himalayan state.

The five camps are located at Chandragiri, Takullipada, Lasbarsing, Jeeranga and Mahendragada.

The Tibetans in exile remain fiercely protective of their culture and send their children only to Tibetan schools set up in the country.