Protests Held in Paris After Tibetan Man Was Killed by Chinese Nationals

Tibetans and their supporters from across France and neighboring countries like Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain assembled in Paris on Sunday with bouquets for a white march in protest of the brutal murder of a Tibetan man in the northern French town of Saint-Leonard. 

According to local media reports, three Chinese men stabbed to death Tibetan national Tsultrim Nomjour, 32, in front of the Les Delices d’Asie restaurant, where he had been working for a week.  

Reports said the suspects were Chinese employees in the same restaurant who were later arrested and jailed on charges of intentional homicide by the prosecutor of Le Havre. 

Representatives of the Tibetan community in France estimated that around 10,000 people joined the white march.  

“We had never experienced anything like it. It is really a shock,” said Monde Rigzin Genkhang, representative of the Dalai Lama in Europe. 

Reports also said that protesters who had made the trip from Paris, Rennes, Nantes, Marseille, or Toulouse ransacked the restaurant after learning that authorities found the victim’s body in a plastic bag near the garbage room.  

“We fled Tibet for political reasons, to join a free country here,” a protester said. “Having the Chinese do this is a direct blow to our hearts. We are coming together to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” 

Tsultrim was born in Lithang, Tibet, and arrived in France in 2014. 

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