56 Tibetan exiles arrested near Indo-China border

Dharamshala, August 5:

Indian police detained 56 Tibetan exiles, including several monks and nuns, attempting to cross the border into China and protest the Beijing Olympics, police said today.

The arrests were made late on Sunday night in Tabo, a remote village high in

the Himalayas, which is about 25 km from India’s border with China, said Vinod Kumar, the area’s deputy superintendent of police. Kumar said the Tibetans had been detained as “a preventive measure” and they have not been charged. A local magistrate has allowed the police to hold the group in custody for at least five days, he added.

In recent months Tibetan exiles have been staging protests and trying to march to Tibet to show their support for the uprising that erupted in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in March, and to protest China being allowed to stage the games that begin on Friday.

Tibetan exile groups said they were trying to lend their support to those

inside Tibet. “This shows that Tibetans are desperate to go home. Finally people in exile are realising that we should do everything to support the freedom movement inside Tibet,” said an activist, Tenzin Choeying.