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March 18, 1989

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ More than 200 Tibetan monks and nuns marched silently to a war memorial Saturday to protest Chinese rule in their homeland, a Tibetan spokesman said.

The maroon-robed clerics marched nearly three miles from Yamuna River to India Gate, the country’s momument to soldiers killed in World War I, said Soepa Gyatso.

Religious leaders addressed demonstrators to condemn the imposition 11 days ago of martial law in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, he said.

Four monks later delivered a memorandum at the Chinese Embassy demanding China withdraw from Tibet, he said.

Clashes between pro-independence demonstrators and Chinese police in Lhasa early this month left 16 people dead and more than 100 wounded by official count. Western travelers said the death toll may be 20 or 30.

″Many monks and nuns were shot and beaten to death and (many) are being tortured in prison,″ Gyatso said. It was impossible to confirm his charges independently.

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