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Home / Mumbai News / Tibetans in Mumbai sign petition, protest for peace in their country

Tibetans in Mumbai sign petition, protest for peace in their country

Amid the din of protest slogans and cries for independence, more than 30 Tibetans in the city participated in a peace protest at the Azad Maidan grounds on Wednesday.

mumbai Updated: Feb 09, 2012 01:49 IST
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Amid the din of protest slogans and cries for independence, more than 30 Tibetans in the city participated in a peace protest at the Azad Maidan grounds on Wednesday.

Last week, the Central Tibetan Administration had called for worldwide vigils on February 8 in view of the critical situation in Tibet following a series of self-immolations and alleged killing of Tibetan protesters by the Chinese security forces.

In Mumbai, the participants signed a written petition to be sent to Kalon Tripa, prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, demanding an intervention from the United Nations to set up a fact-finding delegation to curb violence in Tibet. "Since January 2012, there have already been seven cases of self-immolations that have been reported. We are living in constant fear," said Tenzin Dolkar, a banker, who participated in the protest.

"I have not met my in-laws for more than two decades. There is extreme coercion by the Chinese government back home. They indulge in human rights' violation," said Tsering Dolkar, 49, a Tibetan sweater seller, who moved to India in 1990. "As China's repression has escalated over the years, the number of innocents driven to self-immolation has also increased," she added.