Tibet scores a point in Delhi as China plays hard to get

Published on CNN-IBN, by Raheel Khursheed, August 05, 2007.

New Delhi: On Saturday, as China released the official song for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, Tibetans refugees from across India gathered in Delhi to protest. Their aim was to get the Chinese to recognise the Tibetian state and allow the Tibetan National Football team to play in the Olympics …

… But through the day, the protestors-cum-players had a tough time securing permission from the External Affairs Ministry and the Delhi Police, reportedly because of Chinese pressure on India …

… “It wasn’t just the Tibetans, It was fans from across the world that cheered the team.” said Tibetan protestor Choeying.

A candle light vigil followed the prize distribution ceremony and some politically fiery speeches were also delivered.

While in the end it didn’t really matter as to who won the football, just for the record, Delhi was trounced five to one. (full text).

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