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Thursday, February 16, 2006

9. "No Olympics in China Until Tibet is Free" - TYC led Indefinite Hunger Strike: Day 1

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tibetan Youth Congress launched its indefinite Hunger Strike with the
support of Tibetan Community, Italy on February 14th 2006 at 4.00 pm. Italy
time at San Pietro in Vincoli, Torino. The Organisational Secretary of TYC
Centrex, Ms. Pema Yangchen gave the introductory speech deliberating upon
the purpose and significance of holding the hunger strike at Torino where
the winter Olympics are presently underway.

The program began with the recitation of Dentsik monlam followed by the
proud rendition of the Tibetan National Anthem. A minute's silence was
observed in remembrance of the brave Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for
the freedom of Tibet.

The Chief Guest of the inaugural function, Mr. Andrea, Representative of Mr.
Oliverro, Director of Sermig (Young Missionary Service) while expressing his
solidarity with hunger strikers assured to pursue specific programmes to
pressurize China to improve human right situation in Tibet. SERMIG is one
the most popular Missionary service with a strong network spread all over
the world. Mr. Enrico Buemi, Commissioner Justice office, Rome also
expressed his solidarity for the Tibetan cause.

Ven. Palden Gyatso, former political prisoner and one of the hunger strikers
while speaking at the inauguration function of the hunger strike, appealed
to the IOC to uphold the principles and ideals of Olympic games. Despite his
poor health he expressed his pride and happiness in being able to
participate in the hunger strike organized by TYC. He also shared his own
experience of torture that he suffered behind the Chinese prison for 33
years and recalled the instance when a TYC led attack on the Chinese embassy
in Delhi saved him and a colleague of his from certain execution.

Other speakers included Tamding Choephel, Tibetan Community, Italy and one
of the hunger strikers, Kelsang Phuntsok Godrukpa, Former President of
Tibetan Youth Congress, Claudio Tecchio, Solidarity Campaign for Tibetan
People, and Rosanna Degiovanni, Radical Party in Torino. Members of Tibet
Support Group (TSG) Italy were also present at the programme. The speakers
along with other supporters, with words of encouragement and gratitude,
offered khataks to the three hunger strikers.

The press release calling for 'No Olympics in China Until Tibet is Free',
detailing the three demands of the TYC led indefinite hunger strike was
handed out to the heavy presence of media.

A brief introduction of the three hunger strikers:

Ven. Palden Gyatso. Born in Panam, Tibet, he is one of the most well known
political prisoners of Tibet. He served thirty-three years in Chinese prison
from 1959. He is the author of the book "Fire Under the Snow", an account of
his personal experience under the Chinese rule. "Fire Under the Snow" has
been translated into ninteen different languages and remains one of the most
powerful accounts of a single man's love for his country and freedom. Ven.
Palden Gyatso la has toured more than 20 countries and remains one of the
most dedicated supporters of complete independence of Tibet, committing all
his years of freedom for the freedom of Tibet. Ven. Palden Gyatso la has
spoken at various national and international forums including the United
Nations about his personal experience under the Chinese rule.

Sonam Wangdue. Born in exile, Sonam Wangdue represents in true words and
deeds the new breed of young Tibetans who carry the flame of freedom
struggle in their hearts with an uncompromising passion. An alumnus of Upper
TCV School, Dharamshala, he obtained his double diploma in acting from
Delhi. During his stay in Delhi he actively participated in TYC activities
and also served as an executive member of Delhi RTYC. He has to his
professional credit lead roles in popular Tibetan films such as We are no
Monks, Phun Anu Thanu, and Dreaming Lhasa. At present he is the President of
Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Dharamshala, India.

Tamding Choephel. Born in exile, Tamdin Choephel is another example of young
Tibetans who have never seen their country but harbor the dream of setting
foot on the land of free Tibet. An alumnus of Central School for Tibetans,
Bylakuppe, he studied Buddhism philosophy from Sera Jey Monastery, Bylakuppe
after finishing his schooling. Founder of Tibetan Culture House in Italy he
is at present the Vice President of Tibetan Community, Italy.

Contact Details:
Ms. Pema Yangchen, Organisational Secretary, TYC and
Mr. Tamding Chomphel, Vice President, Tibetan Community, Italy +393332542727
Mr. Lobsang Yeshi, Acting President, Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamshala,
India +91-1892-221554/9816106224 Email:

Established in 1970, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) is the largest
non-governmental organization within the Tibetan community fighting for the
complete independence of Tibet, having over 30,000 active members in 80
Regional chapters across the globe.

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  3. China condemns Dalai Lama's Israel trip as 'ploy'
  4. China chides Dalai Lama for 'internationalising' Tibet issue
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  6. Dalai Lama says happy to meet Hamas
  7. Dalai Lama asks Hamas to renounce violence, won't take side on cartoon controversy
  8. Kalmykia expecting Dalai Lama in summer - Ilyumzhinov
  9. "No Olympics in China Until Tibet is Free" - TYC led Indefinite Hunger Strike: Day 1

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