By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 7 September 2012
After a brief detention at Tihar jail, the three Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) hunger strikers have resumed their protest at Jantar Mantar in the Indian capital. They were held during the visit of Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie.
One of the strikers, Jigme Sholpa, said during an address at the Tibetan camp Majnu ka Tilla after their release that their ordeal over the last few days felt like they have fasted for twenty days. The treatment from the police, the way they were dragged around in a police van for hours together, and the nightmarish bus ride causing physical injuries to all the three of them has definitely not made it easy.
But he assured the crowd of their determination, and that their will to continue has not reduced by even an ounce. They are still standing for the cause and will continue with the hunger strike as long as it takes them.
Police on Tuesday rounded up 30 activists who staged a protest in front of the Prime Minister’s residence against the visiting Chinese defence minister. They were all later released.
Unlike in the past, the Indian police authorities have permitted the staging of the hunger strike only during the day. The strikers will retire at Majnu ka Tilla for the night.
The hunger strike campaign calls upon the international community to immediately fulfill the promises made by them during two earlier hunger strikes. They have called upon the People’s Republic of China to grant access to media and others to visit Tibet to learn about the true conditions within Tibet and to understand the aspiration of Tibetans inside Tibet.
They demand China to release Tibetan prisoners of conscience including The Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and Tulku Tenzin Delek, and stop the witch hunts in Tibet that have been targeting intellectuals, religious leaders, poets, musicians, singers and artists.