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Hunger strike unto death in Nepal ends

August 2, 2008

Report by Luke Ward
edited by Phayul bureau, Delhi
July 31, 2008

Kathmandu, July 31 -- The hunger strike unto death by 30 Tibetans was
called off today. The 30 hunger strikers in Jawalakhel, Kathmandu,
were requested by community leaders and elders to end their hunger
strike unto death. The hunger-strikers were reluctant to give up
their brave protest, but were persuaded that Tibetans both in Tibet
and outside Tibet needed them alive to be able to continue the
struggle against the occupying Chinese government.

The protesters, all volunteers, and not centrally organized by any
Tibet support group or organisation had been on fast for five days. 8
hunger strikers had to be hospitalized due fatigue and heat. The 30
Tibetans were recently arrested close to the Nepal-Tibet border while
attempting to cross into Tibet

Wangchuk, a Tibetan resident of Swayambhu described the hunger strike
unto death as 'a last resort' after international pressure has failed
to alter the government policy on Tibet.

Wangchuk added that the hunger-strikers wanted to bring international
attention to the thousands of innocent Tibetans who have died under
Chinese crackdown. The hunger strikers demanded Chinese president Hu
Jintao to have 'face to face talks with His Holiness the Dalai Lama'.
The hunger strikers also called for Tibetan exiles and the media to
be allowed into Tibet, after the Nepalese and Indian governments
respectively stopped marchers from returning to their homeland.

Tibetans in Nepal are increasingly finding themselves in a precarious
situation, with the Chinese government mounting more pressure on the
Nepalese government to prevent any 'anti-China' protests.
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