Police terminate TYC hunger strike by force

Tibetan Youth Congress Vice President Dhondup Lhadar

Tibetan Youth Congress Vice President Dhondup Lhadar tries to resist as he is being taken away to hospital by police in New Delhi, India, on 22 September 2012. TYC Handout

By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 22 September 2012

Police forced the three fasting activists of Tibetan Youth Congress to terminate their protest in New Delhi on Saturday.

Doctors and police at the site of the hunger strike held a consultation, where the doctors had found that the physical condition of the three activists was getting serious. The police then took the activists away to be admitted to hospital.

Vice President Dhondup Lhadar and his colleagues Jigme Sholpa and Penpa Tsering have been fasting since 3 September asking the international community to step forward to stop the crisis in Tibet.

According to a TYC press release, doctors found that Penpa Tsering’s blood pressure was at a critical point with a reading of 160/110, and he needed to be admitted to the hospital immediately.

As police dragged the three hunger strikers into the ambulance, Dhondup Lhadar resisted being taken away, wishing to continue his fast. Penpa Tsering shouted “Bhoe Gyalo” (Victory for Tibet). He fainted due to his weak condition. Jigme Sholpa tried to resist also, but had to yield to the overpowering police.

The three were taken to the emergency ward of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where they were injected with glucose and necessary fluids.

Police later pulled down the tents and packed the activists’ bags at the hunger strike site in Jantar Mantar to completely terminate the protest.

TYC Joint Secretary Tenzing Norsang said in a statement that the “indefinite hunger strike” is only temporarily discontinued.

“… we will continue our activities for as long as it takes.”

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