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Pro-Tibet activists storm Chinese Embassy

By A Correspondent
April 10, 2007 03:16 IST
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Two activists were arrested on Monday as they attempted to storm the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi.

Campaigns Coordinator of Friends of Tibet Shibayan Raha and another activist Migmar Tsering were demanding the release of Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, the second most important religious figure.

The protest act was planned just in time before the forthcoming birthday of the Panchen Lama, who will be turning 18 on April 25 this year. He has been held incommunicado by China since 1995 after he was recognised by the Dalai Lama as the next Panchen Lama.

After years of worldwide protests and routine international pressure, whereabouts of him still remain unknown.

"As an Indian, I am ashamed of my government for constantly appeasing China in the name of Hindi-Chini bhai bhai and for failing to take any action for Tibet," said Shibayan Raha who had also earlier protested outside the Taj Hotel in Bombay on November 23, 2006 just before the Chinese President Hu Jintao's speech at the India-China Economic, Trade and Investment Cooperation Summit.

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