VISIT PROTEST: Demonstrators are protesting the visit of China’s vice president because of human rights issues involving China’s rule of Tibet

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On the day China’s vice president Xi Jinping is touring the state, a demonstration was taking place right outside the state capitol against his visit.

Close to 400 people were protesting that something needs to be done to help Tibet. The protesters say Tibetans are being denied basic freedoms including the right to worship, assemble and speak.

They say the Chinese government has sealed Tibet off to foreigners and journalists, and reportedly 23 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since 2009 to show defiance against Chinese rule.

The group says they’ll continue to follow Xi Jinping across the state tour protesting. They have a rally planned for Wednesday afternoon as well as a solidarity vigil for Wednesday night.