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Tibetans try to storm Chinese embassy

About 60 protestors stormed the Chinese embassy in the Capital, chanting anti-China slogans and clashed with security personnel.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2008 12:30 PM IST

Intensifying their protest ahead of the Olympic torch relay, scores of Tibetans on Wednesday attempted to storm the Chinese embassy in New Delhi and clashed with security personnel.

Waving Tibetan flags and wearing 'Free Tibet' headbands, about 60 protestors, including women, emerged near the embassy located in high security Chanakyapuri area at around 10:30 am and tried to break the security cordon.

The protestors then entered into a clash with police and paramilitary personnel, who were deployed in large numbers near the embassy building, a senior police official said.

The Tibetans shouted slogans against China and its leaders including Premier Hu Jintao.

However, the personnel foiled the Tibetans' attempt and were taken into custody even as they resisted the detention, the official said.

There were about 60 protestors and they were detained, the police official said adding the vehicular movement in the area was affected for some time due to the protest.

The security of the embassy has been strengthened in view of the continuing protests by Tibetans against "Chinese atrocities" in their homeland.

Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yan had yesterday met Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal to review the security arrangements for the embassy.

Taking security establishment by surprise, 27 Tibetans had yesterday took out their own 'torch relay' on Rajpath, the designated route for tomorrow's Olympic flame run.

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