Tibetans to stage protests during Hu's visit
Tibetans feel their issues will be sidelined if India and China settled their disputes bilaterally.india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 14:09 IST
Several Tibetan NGOs are to hold protests in the city as well as in New Delhi on Monday when Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in the capital.
Organisations like the Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women's Association, Students For Free Tibet and Friends Of Tibet (FOT) will participate in the protest marches.
A statement by the joint committee of the groups said the Tibet issue would be sidelined if China and India settled their disputes bilaterally during Hu's visit to the country.
It said Hu's trip was a historic opportunity for Tibetans to speak out against China's illegal occupation of Tibet.
"Hu Jintao is attempting to change history with his visit to India. He will try to hammer the final nail into Tibet's coffin so that our struggle will be buried forever. This is our opportunity to let Hu Jintao and the world know that we will not keep silent," the release stated.
The NGOs alleged that despite continued efforts by the Tibetan government in exile to not offend the Chinese government, there has been no reciprocal effort from the Chinese.
They said that China had defamed their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, by reinstating patriotic re-education of the Tibetan people.
Those who fought against the re-education policy were imprisoned and subjected to torture, said the statement.
"Let us get together and raise a single, unified voice against Hu Jintao when he visits India. We will let him know that he will always be greeted with protests until Tibet is free," the release added.
The Dalai Lama, who fled his homeland in 1959 following a failed anti-China revolt, has his government-in-exile in this hill town. Dharamsala is also home to the Tibetan parliament-in-exile.