Hundreds of Tibetans in India Protest against Chinese Regime

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Moving on to India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh, hundreds of Tibetans protest against the Chinese regime's human rights abuses. It marks 52 years since the Tibetan uprising in Lhasa, which led to about 80,000 Tibetans fleeing their homeland to seek asylum in India.

In the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on March 12, 1959, thousands of Tibetan women led a peaceful demonstration against the Chinese occupation.

The Chinese regime responded harshly, and many of the women were imprisoned.

Fifty two years later in Shimla city in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh, hundreds again marked that protest.

[Passang, Tibetan Women's Association Activist]:
"Since 1959, until now, 52 years, they are performing this candle light march for 52 years."

Further north in India's Dharamsala, hundreds of locals also joined a rally to protest the Chinese regime's human rights abuses in Tibet.

The founder and president of the Tibetan Women Association, Rinchen Khando said Tibetans want freedom from the Chinese communist regime.

[Rinchen Khando, Tibetan Women Association President]:
"The demonstration will be to request the Chinese government to think and to consider Tibetans as humans and also to consider their requests."

The Tibetan uprising started on March 10, 1959, in Lhasa. After Chinese troupes retaliated, an estimated 80,000 Tibetans, along with their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, were forced to flee to India.