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India Arrests Tibetan Activists To Stop Anti-China Protests

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Indian police detain a Tibetan protester during a demonstration against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao outside his hotel in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 30. (AP)
Indian police detain a Tibetan protester during a demonstration against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao outside his hotel in New Delhi, India, Friday, March 30. (AP)

Chinese President Hu Jintao is in India this week for the annual summit of the rising economic powers called the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

On the eve of the summit, Indian authorities closed down Tibetan neighborhoods and reportedly arrested hundreds of Tibetans, to prevent anti-China protests.

The Associated Press reports that Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said most of the hundreds of Tibetan protesters detained in recent days would be released without charge in a few hours, and the AP published photos of some being released.

China claims Tibet as a province, and says it has brought development and better living standards to the region. Many Tibetans want to be free of Chinese control.

The crackdown in India came as a Tibetan man died after setting himself on fire during a protest march in the Indian capital, New Delhi. He said he wanted to bring the world's attention to the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

But many Tibetans and Indians are asking why India, which prides itself on being the world's largest democracy, is cracking down on protestors to please China.

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This segment aired on March 30, 2012.

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