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Tibetan hunger strike in Bangalore

April 4, 2008

Purbasha from bangalore

Merinews
03 April 2008, Thursday

AROUND 20 members of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) staged
one day hunger strike at Bangalore’s Cubbon Park on Thursday March 27.
The monks, in saffron robes have set up posters and photographs of
denouncing Chinese repression and cultural genocide in Tibet.

The monks are demanding immediate stop to the brutal suppression by the
Chinese forces, unconditional release of all the Tibetans arrested by
the Chinese authorities, to stop cultural genocide in Tibet, support
immediate dispatch of a fact finding representative, stop further
bloodshed in Tibet, opening of talks by the Chinese government with the
Tibetan government-in-exile etc.

In support of the strike, Lobsang Dorjee, adviser of the RTYC, informed,
“20 re-incarnated Lamas are sitting for the hunger strike against brutal
suppression of Tibetans by the Chinese forces.” He further demanded the
free movement of media and press because Tibetans residing abroad are
not able to get the information about their people.

He also stressed, “Tibet was never the part of China historically; it
was only in 1959, Tibet became the part of China and now, 140 Tibetans
were killed and 1000 were injured and therefore we are holding this
solidarity protest.”

He also said, “Under Shimla Treaty of 1914 signed between British India
and Tibet, MacMohan line was drawn dividing India from Tibet and China
was never in picture. Tibetans are protesting in India as they need a
platform to express themselves and in this secular country India, they
are trying to express themselves.”

This protest is the spontaneous outburst of the public resentment built
by years of repression by Chinese authority. Tibet has been seen
periodic outbreaks of anti-Chinese unrest, since Chairman Mao’s troops
entered the region in 1950. Nine years later, Tibetans staged a failed
uprising against Beijing rule and the Dalai Lama fled into exile in
India. Thousands of Tibetans have been killed so far.
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