Protesters Storm Chinese Consulate

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Tibetan protesters stormed the Chinese consulate in Sydney yesterday, with one protestor climbing a flagpole and tearing down a Chinese flag.

Australian Police arrested eight protesters for trespass and one for allegedly assaulting a consulate official.

About 50 Tibetan students and former political prisoners protested Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death in a Chinese jail last week.

The protest began outside the front gates of Sydney’s Chinese consulate.

Protester Tenzin Deky said a group stormed the consulate when gates opened to let a truck inside.

One protester said the group stormed the consulate because of “grief” and “frustration”.
“They just wanted to express their emotion and show the Chinese government, especially the Chinese consulate, that what they are doing is wrong,” she said.

Protesters’ held signs which read “justice for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche” and “hero dies in Chinese prison” while chanting “we want justice”.

65 year old Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died 13 years into his life sentence in a Chinese prison last week.

Rinpoche had been charged with terrorism and inciting separatism.

His sister Dolka Lhamo said Chinese government officials denied the request for his body to be preserved 15 days as in Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Lhamo said Rinpoche was cremated against the family’s wishes and in violation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Rinpoche’s cousin Geshe Nyima said the family believes he was murdered.

“There is nothing natural about an innocent man dying in prison after 13 years of torture,” she said.

The United States, the European Union and international rights groups had previously called upon China to release Rinpoche from prison due to an unstable medical condition.

Tibet is a predominantly Buddhist region governed by China.

Human rights groups have previously accused China of political and religious repression in Tibet.


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