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Indefinite fast in Brussels enters sixth day

March 19, 2009

March 16, 2009

Brussels, March 14-- The fast unto death of three Tibetans in front
of the Chinese Embassy in Brussels entered its 6th day today.

The three hunger strikers have been sitting under a tent in front of
the Embassy without food since March 10, the 50th anniversary of the
Tibetan national uprising day.

According to an update sent from the site by Tsewang Rinzin, the
president of the largest pro-independence group in exile Tibetan
community, the three Tibetans have already shown signs of physical weakness.

"But their spirit and determination are as strong as the truth of our
cause," said Tsewang Rigzin,

The three are updated daily with news on Tibet. "The fact that a
Buddhist monk can be forced to such an extent of frustration indicate
the desperation our people feel inside Tibet." Thupten Samdup, one of
the hunger strikers, said when informed about the current condition
of Tabey, the monk set himself on fire to protest against China.

"To shoot an unarmed monk like that is insane, where is the response
from the UN and the international community?".

Sonam Rinchen, another hunger striker, said, "those who shot Tabey
must be held responsible and penalized according to the standards of
the international law".

"This is how the Tibetans have been treated under China for the last
60 years. We will never live under China," Namgyal Wangdu, the
youngest participant and Cultural Secretary of RTYC Belgium quickly added.

A memorandum about this Indefinite Fast has been submitted to the
offices of the President of the European Parliament, Czech Presidency
of the EU, President of the European Commission, Secretary General of
the Council of the European Union and Embassy of China in Belgium.

The fast is organized by Tibetan Youth Congress with the support of
Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of Belgium.

Based on a report sent by TYC from Brussels

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