Protest in Brussels again repression in Tibet

17th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Close to 400 demonstrators protested against the repression in Tibet by Chinese authorities.

Close to 400 demonstrators protested against the repression in Tibet by Chinese authorities. Some unfortunate incidents took place near the end of the demonstration.

The demonstrators gathered Sunday before the Brussels Palace of Justice.  The demonstration was organised by 'The Friends of Tibet'.

The peaceful march turned turbulent when the demonstrators reached the Chinese Embassy.  

Some demonstrators lurched at the police and burned Chinese flags.

Five Tibetan demonstrators were detained for questioning.

Peaceful demonstration gets out of hand

The demonstration in Brussels against Chinese repression in Tibet got out of hand at Chinese Embassy.

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama called Sunday for an international investigation into the crackdown against protesters in Tibet, which he said is facing a "cultural genocide."

It was not immediately clear if he was referring to China's overall policies in Tibet when he spoke of genocide, or the recent crackdown.

The Dalai Lama's comments are in regard to protests by Buddhist monks against Chinese rule in Tibet. A crackdown by Chinese authorities in the region's capital came after five days of protests in Lhasa escalated into violence Friday.

It was the fiercest challenge to Beijing's rule over the region in nearly two decades.

Beijing maintains that Tibet is historically a part of China. But many Tibetans argue that it was virtually independent for centuries and accuse China of trying to crush Tibetan culture by swamping it with Han people, China's majority ethnic group.

The Tibetan government-in-exile maintains at least 80 people were killed. China's official news agency Xinhua had earlier reported some10 civilians killed- burned to death Friday.

The Dalai Lama remains calm but resolute

According to Associated Press, the figures could not be independently verified as China heavily restricts foreign media access to Tibet.

From Dharmsala, the north Indian hill town where Tibet's self-declared government-in-exile is based, the Dalai Lama said that an international body should investigate the crackdown. 

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