Tibetans protesting premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India
Hundreds of exiled Tibetans protested the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India. The leaders of India and China begin their three day meet in New Delhi, to boost trade. Six of the Tibetans were arrested protesting. New Delhi, India. 15/12/2010.
Hundreds of exiled Tibetans took to streets in New Delhi protesting Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India. The leaders of India and China begin their three day meet in New Delhi, Wednesday, to boost trade between the two mistrusting nations. Wen Jiabao is accompanied with over 300 Chinese business tycoons and investors looking to partner with India.
Tibetan Youth Congress had organized a protest rally starting at Rajghat, Gandhi’s memorial to Jantar Mantar, a point close to the Indian Parliament after attaining official permission form India police. Demonstrators wearing orange T-shirts and shouted “Free Tibet Now” “and "Tibet's independence is India's security" as they walked for two hours, slowing down traffic. Later the protesters burned an effigy of Wen Jiabao stuffed with fire crackers and garlanded with shoes along with a large red hand printed Chinese flag repeating “Wen jiabao go back”
The official protest went peacefully but a small group of young Tibetans re grouped and drove off to Taj Palace Hotel, where the Chinese premier is staying for the next few days and attempted running into the gates of the hotel waving Tibetan flags.
Six protesters and their driver was immediately grabbed by the heavily armed Indian security men and were dragged away from the hotel to a police van to be driven off. Tenzin Deki, one of the protesters who is secretary, regional chapter of Tibetan Youth Congress, shouted out to the Indian Police “Let me go, don’t pull me, India is a free country” as she was being dragged to the police van she cried shouting "Tibet's independence is India's security". The protesters are to be kept under arrest at least till Wen Jiabao and his delegates leave the country. Though their detention may last longer, as refugees in India, Tibetans do not enjoy equal rights to freedom as their Indian counterparts.