“Monday 9 May 2011, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi:
Our humble tent had streams of visitors yesterday. In the morning we had Sherab Woeser, former TYC Centrex Executive and Phuntsok Choephel from Choice HIV and Aids. The General Secretary of Himalaya Parivar, Bhupinder Kansil and Vandana Pathak, editor of their monthly magazine also visited us to express their solidarity.
Aunty Asha Reddy and 22 Tibetan students of Maitreya Foundation came. Aunty Asha was on vacation recently and she said when she heard about our campaign while on vacation she could not bear the thought of three members on hunger strike in the heat of Delhi. So on her part she decided to remove meat from her diet and restrict to only one meal a day. The kids sang Longsho just before they left clearly uplifting the mood of the hunger strikers as well as the organizing committee. We also had in the last few days former TYC Centrex members Choekyong Wangchuk, Thinlay, Pema Yangchen and Lhakpa Tsering visit us.
We also received a letter from Lobsang Yeshi, former Vice President of TYC conveying his solidarity with this campaign. Cultural Secretary, Dawa Sither from RTYC Mundgod and former President Lobsang Dorjee from RTYC Bylakuppe also visited us. This morning Channel Plus of France covered the news of the hunger strike. Yesterday, A2Z News covered the hunger strike.
We also wanted to inform you about our permanent volunteers who have been with us 24 hours since day 3. Tashi Dorjee Vice President from RTYC Manali and Jordhen from RTYC Dharamsala. The physical condition of the hunger strikers are deteriorating by day. Dhondup Lhadar has lost 14, Tenzin Norsang 8 and Konchok Yangphel 11 kilos of their body weight so far in the last 15 days. Their blood pressure has been dipping below the normal level for the last few days and the dizziness of their head has set in. But their spirit remains unchallenged and vows to continue on. Our constant backbone has been members of RTYC Samyeling and Tibetans from Majnukatilla. Students of RTYC Rohini despite having exams looming over their heads still make frequent visits and extended help.”
Report/Images: Tsewang Rangzen TYC