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Tibetan exiles take part in rally in memory of self-immolating protestor

Dharamsala , Thu, 29 Mar 2012 ANI

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), Mar.29 (ANI): Tibetan exiles on Thursday staged a rally in Dharamshala in memory of a Tibetan man who died after setting himself on fire in protest of Chinese Premier Hu Jintao's presence at the fourth BRICS Summit in New Delhi.

Tibetan men and women gathered in the town centre and marched through the streets armed with Tibetan flags and photographs of their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Exiled Tibetans like Soanm urged the United Nations to intervene in the matter and free Tibet from Chinese rule.

"The Tibetans living in Dharamshala are participating in the kind of mourning to the Tibetans who had given up their lives and very recently a young Tibetan from Tibet gave up his life. So, we are appealing to the United Nations, we are appealing to the Chinese government that please give human rights and democratic situations in Tibet. Please improve all those things. This is the kind of appeal, which is going on," Soanm.

Jamshel Yeshi, 27, set himself ablaze on Monday and died in a Delhi on Wednesday just hours before Hu Jintao's arrival in India.

Thirty Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks and nuns, have set themselves on fire, mostly in southwestern China, in the past year. At least 20 have died.

Tenzin, a student, spoke out against China's policies on Tibet. (ANI)

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