The Indian police have arrested 21 Tibetan students outside the Chinese Embassy Thursday after the students staged a protest against the Chinese rule in Tibet.
The students, affiliated to the regional chapters of the Tibetan Youth Congress in Delhi and Chandigarh, attempted to jump over the barbed-wire surrounding the Chinese Embassy, the most heavily guarded foreign mission in the Indian capital.
The students were taken to the Chanakyapuri Police Station. Two Tibetan reporters covering the protest were also detained but released later.
A press release issued by the Tibetan Youth Congress say that the 19 students from Chandigarh had just concluded their cycle rally to the Indian capital. The TYC also said that two officials from the Chinese Embassy were spotted at the police station.
The students say the protest was an expression of their concern at the recent spate of self immolation by Tibetans inside China. “We want to tell the government of China that they are unwelcome in Tibet. We want to tell our fellow Tibetans in Tibet that their actions will keep the spirit of independence alive in the hearts and minds of the Tibetans in exile.”