Tibetans clash with police outside Chinese embassy in Delhi

New Delhi:  Dozens of Tibetan activists clashed with police in front of the Chinese embassy in New Delhi today, protesting against China's policies in Tibet.

Tibetan areas of western China have faced spiralling unrest in recent months, amid a wave of self-immolations and a series protests. The violence, much of it in the Sichuan province, has been the worst in Tibetan regions since 2008.

Carrying Tibetan flags and chanting anti-China slogans, the protesters rushed towards the Chinese embassy but were prevented from entering the high-security complex by police forces.

All the protesters were detained by police after a brief scuffle and taken away in buses.

On Monday, a teenage monk set himself on fire in Sichuan's Aba prefecture, according to the London-based International Campaign for Tibet said. The monk was beaten by security forces as they put out the flames, the rights group said. His condition was not known.
Beijing has blamed outsiders and extremists for trying to incite violence or undermine China, while Tibetan leaders say the self-immolations reflect an increasingly desperate population unable to express themselves any other way.

Just a few days back, the Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, warned of China preparing for a crackdown ahead the Tibetan New Year.

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