Exile tibetans protesting China's violent crackdown on their countrymen. Such sadness in their faces.
The Indian Himalayas are seething with anger and frustration as the Tibetan exile community watches China crack down on the protests of their countrymen back home in Tibet. In Shimla a number of Tibetans had organised a hunger strike to raise awareness for the issue. It was truly moving to see the desperate, yet dignified and peaceful protests of a people too long denied their most basic right to self-determination and protection of their human rights. In a recent piece of news, China has sent civilian-clothed forced into Nepal to disrupt Tibetan protests there. It is truly despicable.
I will take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to the Tibetan struggle for freedom. Whether Tibet should be sovereign or whether some form of autonomy within China can be satisfactory I'm not sure. But Tibetans should be able to freely express their culture and their opinions, and those exiled should be able to return to a Tibet, where the will of the people is expressed in the political arena. I truly understand the call of Tibetans for the Olympics to be boycotted, but in some sense I hope that the international spotlight created by the Olympics may cause the Chinese government to enter into negotiations with the Dalai Lama, so a process of normalisation can start.
Nitoli writes a message of support for the Tibetans, while standing in front of the photographic documentation of China's violence and human rights abuses.
The tired, hunger striking protesters sat silently, while signs behind them expressed their - very reasonable - demands.
Later in the day a large group of Tibetans had changed their tactic by doing a parade through Shimla.
A group of ladies shouting out for Tibet. I wonder if they will ever get to set foot in their homeland.