Indians urge authorities to release Tibetans detained ahead of Xi visit

Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress staging a protest on the beach of Mahabalipuram, India, on 10 October 2019.

Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress staging a protest on the beach of Mahabalipuram, India, on 10 October 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to meet at this temple town for two days from Friday. The activists have been arrested by police. TYC/Handout

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McLEOD GANJ, India, 11 October 2019

As India gears up to receive high-profile visitor Chinese President Xi Jinping for a summit with Prime Minister Modi on Friday, dozens of Tibetan students in Chennia faced unwarranted restrictions on their movements.

Chennai police detained a few dozen Tibetans in the last few days, suspecting them of organising protests against President Xi.

The Core Group for Tibetan Cause — India’s apex body of all Indian Tibet Support Groups — condemned the high-handed police action, saying it is crushing the common people’s voice against prevailing injustices.

They urged the State Government of Tamil Nadu in South India to release those Tibetan students and others immediately without any pre-conditions upon them.

The Group’s National Convener RK Khrimey, quoting the Constitution of India, said that it ensures the right to protest against injustices prevailing despite any indulgence of political and social powers.

“The same rights are equally applied to Tibetans as well.”

He expressed concern over the Tibetan students who have been living and pursuing their studies in that region, that they have been unnecessarily put on house arrest, have their usual movement blocked, and been unnecessarily questioned.

Khrimey explained that in the last 60 years of their existence in India as refugees, the successive Indian Governments have never crushed their voices, their protests in the street against injustices impinged upon Tibetans inside Tibet by Chinese Communist Government, or imposed restrictions on their movement.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will land in Chennai on Friday to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for two days at the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram, about 55 km south of Chennai.

Official media say Modi and Xi would focus more on how to move beyond the historical and present differences to forge a cooperative partnership, although the two sides face a head-on collision over Beijing’s open support of Pakistan’s claims over Kashmir.

New Delhi maintains that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India, and says that it is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India.

Since the strained relations between the two sides following the 2017 Doklam crisis in the Himalayas, the two leaders had a landmark meeting in Wuhan, China, in April 2018, when they agreed to hit a reset on India-China ties.

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