Tibetan exiles urge new Chinese leadership to address their issue
Exiled Tibetans living in Dharamshala held a protest against Beijing's policies inside Tibet and urged the new leadership to stop incidents of self-immolations.
Scores of Tibetans and foreign nationals participated in a protest calling on the new party chief Xi Jinping to actively seek an end to what they say are China's repressive policies in Tibet.
Activist Lobsang Wangyal appealed the Jinping and his government to immediately address the issue for the betterment of the region.
"Tibetans are trying to come to the streets and say what they want the Chinese leadership to know and understand in what ways they should try to solve the Tibetan issue. The problems in Tibet are so much and so big that Tibetans are now setting themselves on fire. So far 72 people have done that, the Tibetans are saying that please come to terms and solve the Tibetan issue," said Wangyal.
The surge in self-immolations in China in protest over its rule in Tibet has heightened tension in recent months.
The Dalai Lama, who believes in the "middle-path" policy that demands "greater autonomy" for Tibetans, fled Tibet along with many of his supporters and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.
He is viewed by the Chinese as a hostile element bent on splitting Tibet from China.
India is home to around 1,00,000 Tibetans and the Tibetan government-in-exile, which has never won recognition from any country.