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Tibetans try to storm Chinese embassy in New Delhi

Around 50 Tibetans are detained in New Delhi as they try to storm the Chinese Embassy to protest the crackdown on monks in Tibet.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2008 01:49 PM IST

Around 50 Tibetans were detained in the national capital on Saturday morning as they tried to storm the Chinese Embassy building in New Delhi to protest the violent crackdown on monks in Tibet's capital Lhasa.

The protestors, including women, tried to march towards the embassy in high-security Chanakyapuri area but were stopped by police personnel near the building at around 11 am.

Shouting anti-China slogans, enraged Tibetans tried to break the security cordon but their attempts were foiled as a large number of police personnel removed them from the area.

"We have detained around 50 Tibetan protestors who tried to stage a protest in this prohibitory area," a senior police official said.

Police had last night placed 50 Tibetans under preventive detention for trying to barge into the embassy premises after reports that a number of monks were killed and several injured in Lhasa following clashes with Chinese soldiers.

Thirty-six Tibetan women activists were detained on March 12 on the 49th Tibetan uprising Day after they tried to storm the Chinese Embassy.

At least 10 people were killed in riots in Lhasa during the fiercest pro-independence protests in two decades led by Buddhist monks.

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