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TYC resumes hunger strike with a fresh group; observes India's Independence Day

August 17, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
August 16, 2008


New Delhi, August 16 - The Tibetan Youth Congress has today launched
the third batch of hunger strikers with renewed vengeance. After the
second volume of six men were forced to the hospital August 14, TYC
President Tsewang Rinzin made the announcement at the camp site earlier today.

The third group of fasting Tibetans include Dhondup Tsering, 63, Camp
No. 16, Bylakuppe who is the oldest among all eighteen participants,
Tsering Tashi, 21, hails from Ladakh, Thupten Tsewang, 20, from Sera
Jey was one of the marchers from TYC Independence March to Bodh Gaya
in May, Jampa Kelsang, 33, Sera Jay, Nawang Samten, 26, Drepung
Gomang, core marcher of Tibetan People's Uprising Movement's March to
Tibet which began from Dharamsala and Tashi Gyamtso, 31 from Drepung
Monastery in South India.

Dhondup Tsering, 63 told Phayul, "I am here to condemn China's
inhuman actions against peaceful demonstrators in our homeland.
China's highhandedness in all three provinces of Tibet has left
thousands injured and dead since the March unrest." He further added
that though he realized he was the oldest among all the three batches
who have participated in the indefinite fast so far, he was of sound
health. His main motive was to share the pain of those suffering
inside Tibet and he was determined to do just that.

The first batch of hunger strikers who were discharged from hospital
a couple of days ago returned to Jantar Mantar yesterday and shared
their experiences. They implored fellow Tibetans not to lose hope and
said their struggle was worth every sacrifice in the world.

On the 61st anniversary of its Independence, TYC paid tribute to
India thanking her for her generosity and hospitality. India is home
to over 1,20,000 Tibetan refugees and according to TYC, "August 15th
is a moment of joy, of happiness for Indians, a nation, a race that
for the past 50 years have been providing us asylum, has given us a
second life, "a home away from home". The opportunities both
commercial and educational, India has provided to the Tibetans is
highly commendable as no nation would treat refugees as its own
Citizens. Tibetans are truly grateful for the love and the affection
being showered upon them by Indians. Hence, on this special day, the
Tibetan Youth Congress would like to thank India wholeheartedly for
everything that it has done for the Tibetans." An Indo-Tibet flag
flew high at Jantar Mantar with the words "Thank You India, Happy
Independence Day" written across it.

Sunghyun Park, a Tibet supporter from South Korea who studies in
Paris and a familiar face among pro-Tibet rallies in New Delhi said,
"I was one of the protestors at the Paris leg of the Olympic torch
relay earlier this year. I think the unjust, repressive policies of
China are thoroughly wrong. I totally support the hunger strikers and
respect their effort and sacrifices for the Tibetan nation.
Personally, I hope they won't lose their health."
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