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.
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.