Hundreds of Tibetans Protest Hu's Visit

Damchoe Gyaltsen, from Charlottesville, Virginia, protests Chinese President Hu Jintao's arrival at the Nuclear Summit, outside the Washington Convention Center where the Nuclear Summit is being held, on April 12, 2010, in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Leslie

Scores of chanting Tibetans and silently meditating Falun Gong practitioners staged a peaceful protest in Washington Monday to warn world leaders gathered here for a nuclear weapons summit not to take Beijing's pledges at face value.

"World leaders should be careful of what Hu Jintao says. There are a lot of things about him that we, and world leaders, don't see," Tibetan protester Migmar Wanggi said as he held a handmade sign with a caricature of the Chinese leader and the words: Hu Jintao - Liar.

Washington police officers and soldiers in fatigues snapped to attention as the more than 100 Tibetans gathered in Samuel Gompers Square, a stone's throw from the Washington Convention Center where President Barack Obama is hosting 47 heads of state, including China's Hu, at two days of talks on nuclear security began chanting angry slogans.

Information for this report was provided by AFP .