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Protests at China embassies during worldwide vigil for Tibet

Jacek Turczyk / EPA

Members of the Tibetan community demonstrate in front of the Chinese embassy in Warsaw, Poland on Wednesday as part of the worldwide vigil day to highlight the plight of the people in Tibet.

Herbert Pfarrhofer / EPA

Members of the Tibetan community demonstrate in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday.

Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

A Tibetan woman offers prayers in front of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Tibetans living in Nepal had organized a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with the victims of violence in Tibet. But the vigil was cancelled due to the heavy security at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa which has been declared a restricted area by the Nepalese government for any kind of anti-China protest.

 AP reports from Dharmsala, India:

"Tibetans inside Tibet are giving up their lives. They're saying, 'I choose to die,'" Lobsang Sangay, the leader of the self-declared exile government, said after an afternoon prayer vigil at the main temple in this Indian hill town.

Around 20 Tibetans, many of them monks or nuns, have set themselves on fire over the past year, mostly in ethnic Tibetan areas of China's Sichuan province. Many had chanted for Tibetan freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet before lighting themselves on fire.

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