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Himalayan Committee to go on hunger strike for Tibet

August 6, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul (India)
August 4, 2008

New Delhi, August 4 -- Some 250 members from the Himalayan Committee
for Action on Tibet (HIMCAT) across the belt of Ladakh to Arunachal
Pradesh expressed their solidarity and support for Tibet by
participating in a peace march from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar today.
Various Tibet support groups in the Himalayan region have condemned
the unfortunate development in the Buddhist nation with China's
violent behavior towards monks, nuns and the common man. They termed
these acts as 'cultural genocide' against the minority Tibetan race.

The supporters joined the peaceful demonstrators at Jantar Mantar and
were welcomed by the Tibetan Solidarity Committee. A memorandum was
submitted to the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh to urge
their northern neighbor to engage in peaceful resolution on the Tibet
issue and stop violating fundamental rights.

Ven. Sona Rinpoche from Arunachal Pradesh and Bhante Vishwa Bandhu
addressed those gathered pledging undying assistance in the face of
present predicament in Tibet. The HIMCAT also announced the
commencement of a week long hunger strike beginning today as a sign
of backing and resistance against China's brutal occupation and
oppression of the Tibetan people.

The support hunger strikers will join a fifty odd group of sit in
demonstrators from Phendeling, the Mainpat Tibetan Settlement who
have been protesting everyday at Jantar Mantar close to two weeks
now. Executive members from the Regional Tibetan Women's Association
and others from the local Tibetan settlement in Delhi have been
rallying at the venue since March. Butter lamps are lit everyday for
the souls of the departed and those who continue to suffer in Chinese prisons.
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