Six Tibetans arrested during the visit of China’s delegate

Dharamshala, Novermber 01: Six Tibetans are arrested around 11: am Monday morning after they protested the arrival of Zhou Yongkang outside Teen Murti Bhawan in Delhi, India.

Zhou Yongkang, ninth in hierarchy of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee, arrived in New Delhi for a three-day goodwill visit.  Zhou, is also the Secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs.  This meeting reportedly took place at the invitation of the Indian government.

The six Tibetans Tenzin (38), Lobsang(28), Sonam (27), Dhondup (30) Tashi (37)  and Kalsang (24), the only female in the group, are currently held at Chanakyapuri police station.tycdelhi1

Indian Police reportedly conveyed to the Tibetan Youth Congress that none of the Tibetans were mistreated by Indian police at the time of arrest. However, TYC said a Chinese person was at the station during the arrest keeping a close eye on the detainees.

“This exemplifies the audacity and level of China s highhandedness. The six Tibetans represented the six million Tibetans.”

In a written speech, Mr. Zhou Yongkang said the five principles of peaceful coexistence that China and India jointly advocated in the 1950s have not only become the basis of bilateral relations but also a widely-accepted code of conduct in international relations which have made great contributions to safeguarding the world peace. The principles of co-existence in discussion are the Panchsheel Agreement of 1954 where India for the first time recognized China s complete control over Tibet.

Supporting the protest by members that got arrested, Tibetan Youth Congress said it is “well-timed” considering today is the day a new regulatory measure for stricter management of Tibet’s religious institutions will come into force.

Order no. 8 issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs on September 30 is aimed to thwart religious influence from “internal and external separatist forces,” TYC said.

“Most heads of Tibet s Buddhist traditions currently live in exile outside of Tibet, which means that the lineage of these schools of thought, their specific teachings and initiations exist mostly outside of Tibet.”

This order is clearly one more futile attempt by the Chinese authorities to cut ties between Tibetans in Tibet and those in exile and to have power over the monastic institutions and ultimately gain total control religious activities in Tibet, it added.

Cautioning Indian government, Tibetan Youth Congress said it believes that the two countries cannot foster a productive bilateral relationship against the backdrop of an occupied Tibet by China.

Reminding India of the nullification of the entire Panchsheeel Agreement involving 1962 Indo-China war, TYC said “China can never be trusted.”

Founded in 1970, Tibetan Youth Congress is a worldwide Organisation of Tibetans united in common struggle for the restoration of Tibet’s lost independence. It claims over 30,000 registered members and 81 regional chapters worldwide.

Following the arrival of China’s military troops in Tibet and subsequent invasion in 1959, Dalai Lama and his followers fled to India where he now heads an exile government.

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