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Tibetans take out procession

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Tibetans taking out a procession in Mysore on Sunday.

MYSORE, MAY 23. Members of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women's Association from Bylukuppe, Hunsur and Kollegal on Sunday took out a procession to mark the 53rd anniversary of "Black Day" (May 23, 1951) when the Chinese forced the Tibetans to sign the 17-point agreement.

In a letter addressed to the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, which was released to the press here, the two organisations have urged him to support the Tibetan cause.

Following the occupation of Tibet by China, the letter states, nearly 12 million Tibetans have lost their lives under Chinese oppression. The Tibetan women in Chinese prisons have been subjected to inhuman torture, starvation and rape, the letter says.

Lamenting that the United Nations has not reacted to the plight of Tibetans, the letter says six million Tibetans all over the world have been struggling to survive, preserve its culture, religion and heritage for the past 45 years.

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