About 20 Tibetan high school students breached a brick wall surrounding the United Nations compound in Katmandu today, with a small home-made sign reading "Free Tibet." Their mission was to ask the UN to help their cause. Sounds like an unruly breach of security? Not really. The students peacefully assembled on the grass and they were served a lunch of steamed dumplings, called momos, instead.
A spokesman for the United Nations, said the teenagers were polite intruders and over lunch they were asked to write their grievances for United Nations officials. No one was arrested, and agency officials said they would make sure they all were escorted home safely. The spokesman concluded of the protesters, "they were very nice."
It's a touching and humane story out of a situation that his been anything but. Chinese officials and Tibetan protesters have been in violent clashes for weeks. China says that currently about 660 protesters have "surrendered." Tibetan Monks staged a noisy protest today continuing the unrest which is the worst it's been in 20 years.