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Tibetian Hunger Strike at bangalore

on Tibetian hunger strike at Bangalore on March 27th 2007

Tibetan hunger strike at Bangalore

 

 

 

 by Purbasha Bhattacharjee, Bangalore 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 that “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 of which Tibetans residing abroad are not able to get the information about their people. He also stresses “Tibet was never the part of China historically and it was only in 1959 Tibet became the part of China and now 140 Tibetans were killed and 1000 were injured and therefore are holding this soliditary protest ”.

He also said “ Under Shimla Treaty of 1914 signed between British India and Tibet Mac Mohan line was drawn dividing India from Tibet and China was never in picture and today 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 were killed so far.