PRESS RELEASE: 15 members of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) arrested
This morning at 9:30 a.m. 15 members of the Tibetan Women’s Association were arrested and put in Mehrauli Police Station in the capital city of Delhi. This action follows the visit of the Chinese leader Li Peng to the Qutab Minar (a historical site), in Mehrauli this morning.
A strong contingent of Tibetan women were able to demonstrate for half an hour during Mr. Li Peng’s visit to the to the Qutub Minar.
Mrs. Tashi Dolma, Vice-President of the Tibetan Women’s Association said, “These demonstrations are to show to the world that Tibet is an occupied country and that the very survival of our country, our race, our heritage and culture is in danger. Until the Tibet issue is resolved, Tibetans will continue to carry out such demonstrations”. She further stated that “the Chinese leadership should sincerely consider His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s proposal to have direct dialogue and to peaceful resolve the Tibet issue through negotiations without preconditions.”
The Tibetan Women’s Association also calls upon the Indian leadership to take the initiative to call for earnest negotiations between Beijing and Dharamsala.
These 15 members are presently detained at the Mehruali Police Station and it is not yet known when they will be released.
Contact: Tibetan Women’s Association Central Executive Committee Bhagsunag Road P.O. Mcleod Gang – 176 219 Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
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