“Today was hazy and the high temperature was hovering around 102 F and locals and tourists were shying away from outdoor activities but the make-shift tent hosting the three hunger strikers was as vibrant as usual with the indomitable spirit of the three brave-hearts.
Regional Tibetan Women’s Association organized a protest rally in Jantar Mantar today marking the day when Gedun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama was abducted by the Chinese government on May 17th 1995. Scores of local Tibetans participated in the rally demanding release of the Panchen Lama and the rally concluded with singing of “Prayers of Truth” and a tribute to all the martyrs in front of the TYC Indefinite Hunger Strike tent.
Dhondup Lhadar normally a “boisterous” person can only be heard when I lean close to him. He has lost 17, Tenzin Norsang 12 and Konchok Yangphel 14 kilos so far and their blood pressure is dipping well below normal level. Keeping a close eye on them at all times, I can see they have physically endured a lot but they never complain and always has a faint smile to all the visitors and volunteers. President of the Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein Passang Memmishofer visited the tent today and gave donation on behalf of their community. She also handed a letter and donation from Tibetan Youth Association of Europe.
Tibetans from Alberta, Canada and Minnesota also visited the site today to offer traditional Tibetan scarves to the trio and show their solidarity. RTYC Alberta also sent donation. We also have a steady flow of local Tibetans who stop by to show their solidarity including our former Centrex member Pema Yangchen and TCV Delhi Youth Hostel Director and his staff. Three RTYC Kathmandu executive members including President officially stopped by today to show their solidarity and to provide support. Mark Gould and his team of documentary maker from Australia descended on Jantar Mantar with Miss Tibet organizer Lobsang Wangyal for their project on Tibetan Struggle and the Young generation”
Report/information courtesy of TYC, Tsewang Rangzen