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Hunger Strikers battle it out on Day 6

August 3, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
August 2, 2008

New Delhi, August 2 - Six days without food and water is no small
feat. The hunger strikers at Delhi's Jantar Mantar are now entering a
critical stage. Though extremely weak they rely on their mental
strength to fight the physical demands of the human body. There is
visible loss in energy, respiratory problems and slurred speech.
Their debilitating condition is further hastened by the hot weather.
An occasional light shower helps in bringing down the temperature,
but there is only so much that a mortal being can endure.

Bashisht Narain Singh, Convenor of All Party Parliamentary Forum for
Tibet who visited the hunger strikers yesterday said despairingly,
"Ending one's life is not the solution." He mentioned that Satyagraha
can be expressed in different forms and hoped that they halt the
indefinite fast for their own well being.

Joe Hamilton, Tibet supporter and singer/songwriter from Germany told
Phayul, "It makes me feel sad and humble to see these Tibetans
sacrifice their health and lives." He talked of his friend Sherap, a
monk in Germany, who had sat on a hunger strike for ten days and
passed away a year later. "It is the long term effects that poses a
threat to a man."

Dismissing Xinhua's claims that the six hunger strikers drink water
at night, TYC President Tsewang Rinzin said, "The fact that the
Chinese government recognizes our effort and that of these six men is
in itself a step forward."

Regional members have started arriving in the City and TYC is all set
to launch their direct action campaign against the Summer Olympics on
the eve of the Games.
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