TIBETANS BURN EFFIGY OF CHINESE PRIME MINISTER IN INDIA’S NATIONAL CAPITALBy ANI
Thursday, December 16, 2010
NATURAL WITH ENGLISH AND HINDI SPEECH
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Tibetans burn effigy of Chinese Prime Minister in India’s national capital.
Tibetan youths burn the effigy of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao ahead of his three days visit to India’s New Delhi, shouting slogans for Tibetan independence.
NEW DELHI, INDIA (DECEMBER 15, 2010) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC)
1. PROTESTORS MARCH ON THE STREETS OF DELHI
2. GIRLS SCREAMING SLOGANS FOR TIBET INDEPENDENCE
3. PROTESTORS MARCH AMIDST A HEAVY SECURITY COVER
4. BOYS CARRYING BANNERS AND FLAGS SHOUT SLOGANS
5. A PROTESTORS SCREAMING SLOGANS
6. TIBETANS WALKING ON THE ROAD
7. A MAN HOLDING A FLAG
8. STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF TIBETAN YOUTH CONGRESS CARRY BANNERS
9. FEET OF PROTESTORS
10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PENPA TSERING, SECREATARY OF TIBETAN YOUTH CONGRESS SAYING: “The Chinese leaders used to say that after the present Dalai Lama the cause of Tibetans, the problems of Tibetan will vanish, and then Tibet will become a part of China. We strongly give a message to them that as long as we, the Tibetan people live in this world, the Tibetan cause will never die and we will free Tibet one day. That is the message for them.”
11. PROTESTORS SET UP AN EFFIGY OF WEN JIABAO, CHINESE PRIME MINISTER
12. SHOE ON THE JIABAO’S PHOTOGRAPH
13. PROTESTORS BURNING THE EFFIGY OF JIABAO AND SHOUT SLOGANS
14. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) SWAMI AGNIVESH, HINDU LEADER SAYING: “Jiabao has come to India. The Indian government must talk to them, but do that with honesty and transparency, keeping in mind the democratic values of the country. It will be good for both India and China.”
15. SWAMI AGNIVESH ADDRESSING THE TIBETAN PROTESTORS
STORY: Members of Tibetan Youth Congress organised protest rally against the visit of Chinese Prime Minister to India’s New Delhi and further burnt an effigy of the Premier Wen Jiabao in national capital on Wednesday (December 15).
Hundreds of demonstrators, led by women, wearing yellow T-shirts with slogans such as “Free Tibet Now” took to the streets of the India’s national capital, shouting “Wen Jiabao go back!” and “Tibet’s independence is India’s security.”
Chinese Premier Jiabao arrived in New Delhi on a three days visit with a delegation of over 400 business heads looking to profit from the lucrative subcontinent. India, on the other hand, is looking to bridge the 19 billion trade deficit with China.
The Tibetan protests, which usually accompany visits by Chinese leaders to India, were peaceful, watched over by a heavy police presence. Security was also stepped up outside the Chinese embassy in Delhi.
Beijing brands the Dalai Lama a separatist, and worries that Tibet’s spiritual leader is using his base in the northern hill town of Dharamsala to keep separatist fires alive.
“The Chinese leaders used to say that after the present Dalai Lama the cause of Tibetans, the problems of Tibetan will vanish, and then Tibet will become a part of China. We strongly give a message to them that as long as we, the Tibetan people live in this world, the Tibetan cause will never die and we will free Tibet one day. That is the message for them,” said Penpa Tsering, Secretary of Tibetan Youth Congress.
Six protestors were reported to have been detained at a police station after they were found protesting outside the hotel where Jiabao is residing at present.
Beijing’s longest running grudge against India is over its granting of asylum to Tibetan leader Dalai Lama, who fled to India in the 1950s following a failed uprising, setting off a chain of events that led to the war between the two sides.
The border between India and China was never demarcated. In the years before Indian Independence in 1947, the former British colonial rulers saw little need to demarcate such a remote area and later, the two sides were unable to agree on a common border.
China claims 90,000 square km (34,750 square miles) on the eastern sector of the border.
Swami Agnivesh, Hindu leader marked his presence at the rally and asked Indian Government to be honest with its interaction with China.
“Jiabao has come to India. The Indian government must talk to them, but do that with honesty and transparency, keeping in mind the democratic values of the country. It will be good for both India and China,” said Swami Agnivesh, Hindu leader.
A meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is scheduled for Thursday (December 16), which will see the two leaders tackling rising tensions between Asia’s two powerhouses.