Thousands in NY protest China's rule of Tibet, urge UN action

Protesters pray during a solidarity march from the Chinese Consulate to the United Nations Headquarters in support of Tibet in New York, on Dec 10, 2012. The march also aims to bring to attention a string of self-immolations that have taken place in Tibet in protest of China's handling of the region. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations on Monday calling for an end to Chinese rule in Tibet, where dozens of Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent weeks to protest China's control of their homeland.

The "Solidarity Rally for Tibet" consisted of thousands of mostly Tibetan protesters who marched from Manhattan's West Side to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across from the UN headquarters by the East River.

The marchers repeated chants such as "We want justice, wake up UN".

Some carried posters with phrases like "UN: Tibetans need you" and others bearing photos and the names of those who have immolated themselves, such as Gonpo Tsering, who burned himself on Nov 10, and Kalsang Jinpa, who did the same on Nov 8.