Monday, March 17, 2008

Pro-Tibet vigil held in Beijing

Reuters[Tuesday, March 18, 2008 01:25]
By Ian Ransom and Chris Buckley

Beijing Tibetan students held vigil in the campus. (Photo:
BEIJING, March 17 - Ethnic Tibetan students staged a candle-lit vigil in Beijing on Monday, saying it was to pray for the dead, after warning anti-Chinese rioters in the Tibetan capital to surrender.

Police kept reporters well away from the peaceful protest by dozens of apparently ethnic Tibetan students gathered inside the Central University for Nationalities.

It was a small, rare show of defiance in the host city of this year's Olympic Games, where Communist Party authorities are especially eager to prevent public shows of dissent.

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