TIBETAN ACTIVISTS PROTEST HU JINTAO AS HE LEAVES INDIA
Leader of SFT India among those arrested in the protests
New Delhi – Seven Tibetan activists including Dorjee Tsetan, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet-India, were arrested while staging a demonstration against Hu Jintao in front of the Oberoi Hotel, where Hu has been staying. The protestors had painted across their chests slogans such as “Swaraj My Birth Right” and “Free Tibet.”
The protest, fourth in a series of direct action protests staged by Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) India, took place an hour before Hu Jintao was to leave for Cambodia after the BRICS summit. Twenty-nine activists have been arrested in the actions organized by SFT India in the last two days.
“Just as the Indians successfully threw off the chains of British rule, we Tibetans are protesting here today for the freedom of our homeland from China’s colonial oppression,” said Dorjee Tsetan, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet-India. “The dignified mantra of the Indian independence movement “Swaraj is my birthright” rings true for us as we struggle to achieve the right to Tibetan self-rule.”