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Delhi: Tibetans try to storm Chinese embassy
April 16, 2008 12:21 IST
Intensifying their protest ahead of the Olympic torch relay, scores of Tibetans on Wednesday attempted to storm the Chinese embassy in Delhi and clashed with security personnel.
Waving Tibetan flags and wearing 'Free Tibet' [Images] headbands, about 60 protestors, including women, emerged near the embassy located in high security Chanakyapuri area at around 10.30 am and tried to break the security cordon.
The protestors then entered into a clash with police and paramilitary personnel, who were deployed in large numbers near the embassy building, a senior police official said.
The Tibetans shouted slogans against China and its leaders including Premier Hu Jintao.
However, the security personnel foiled the Tibetans were taken into custody even as they resisted the detention, a police official said.
There were about 60 protestors and they were detained, the police official said adding the vehicular movement in the area was affected for some time due to the protest.
The security of the embassy has been strengthened in view of the continuing protests by Tibetans against "Chinese atrocities" in their homeland.
Chinese Ambassador Zhan Yan had on Tuesday met Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal to review the security arrangements for the embassy.
Taking security establishment by surprise, 27 Tibetans had on Tuesday taken out their own 'torch relay' to Rajpath, the designated route for Thursday's Olympic flame run.