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Tibetans defy ban, march on

Defying police orders, Tibetans continued with their ‘Return March To Tibet’. Gaurav Bisht reports.
Hindustan Times | By Gaurav Bisht, Kangra
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2008 03:34 AM IST

Defying police orders, Tibetans continued with their ‘Return March To Tibet’. A hundred core marchers had been issued police notices not to leave the jurisdiction of Kangra district on Monday, said Kangra Superintendent of Police Atul Fulzele as per the central government advisory.

Five NGOs went ahead with the march that had started on Monday from Dharamsala.

After the police notice, organisers appealed to the Indian government to support the marchers, who want to go back their homeland. “I appeal to the Indian authorities to support Tibetan marchers,” said Tibetan Woman Association head B Tsering.

The organisers said the notice was probably issued after pressure from China. “We don’t think India needs to succumb to any pressure. The notice served by the police mentions that our intention to return back home is anti-China,” said Tsering, who leads the marchers.

The peace march is being seen as an attempt by the Tibetan exiles to draw international attention to the issue that has remained unresolved for 49 years.

Tibetans in exile have planned a series of other campaigns ahead of the Beijing Olympics, including protest rallies and peaceful marches. Heads of the five NGOs – NDPT, Gu-Chu-Sum, TYC, SFT and TWA – which are organising the event, gathered at the Sarah College of Higher Studies to draw their strategy.

“We have told the marchers not to indulge in any kind of violence,” said Tenzing Choeing, Director, SFT.

The Kangra SP said police would take action as per law if marchers violate orders.

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