Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Demonstrations for repatriation

Source: Apfanews.com

Damak, November 25: About 150 exiled Bhutanese organized demonstrations at the Nepal-India border in Kakarvitta Tuesday urging Indian authorities to allow them passage to go back to Bhutan.

The demonstrations were organised in the initiative of United Bhutanese Refugee Repatriation Programming Council. According to Dilli Ram Ghorsai, an exiled leader who participated the sit-in at Mechi Bridge, they demonstrated peacefully urging India to allow them return home through Indian soil.

Indian security personnel deployed in the area barred the demonstrators cross the Mechi Bridge into India, after which the demonstrators organised sit-in protests.

Similarly, UBRRPC organized sit-in program in Beldangi camp coinciding the visit to Indian external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee to Kathmandu. Few hundred exiled Bhutanese participated the sit-in demonstration. Additionally, 406 exiled Bhutanese jointly wrote a letter to Mukherjee and sent him through Indian embassy in Kathmandu seeking Indian support for solution of the refugee crisis. Bhutan News Service

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