47 Tibetan Protesters Detained in New Delhi

Tibetan exiles shout slogans at a protest outside the Chinese Embassy, on the eve of the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising in 1959, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Police in India arrested 47 Tibetan protesters Wednesday during a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi.

Nearly 100 Tibetan exiles had gathered outside the building to mark the anniversary of a failed uprising in 1959. Many members of the exile community, including the Dalai Lama, have lived in India ever since.

Witnesses said the demonstrators wore yellow T-shirts saying "Free Tibet" and chanted "We want freedom" in defiance of regulations barring protests around the embassy.

Police dragged dozens of the demonstrators into a bus and detained them for questioning. The Associated Press quoted police as saying those detained would likely be released later in the day.

India provides a refuge to the Tibetan exiles but tries to avoid high-profile events that would anger neighboring China, which is highly sensitive to Tibet.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to mark the anniversary of the uprising on Thursday with a speech at Dharamsala, the headquarters of his government in exile.