Delhi, India The hunger-strike demanding United Nations’ action on Tibet enters its third day.
The Tibetan Youth Congress has today launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at China’s oppression of Tibet and to demand action from the United Nations. Three of its Executives, Tenzin Wangchuk, Tamding Hrichoe and Ms Tsewang Dolma are staging their action at at Jantar Mantar in Delhi the capital of India.
Subscribers to our Blog may recall similar demands made by courageous Tibetans to the United Nations, including a hunger-strike outside the very doors of the UN’s New York headquarters. That protest resulted in a number of assurances being made by officials to Tibetans, although the follow-up and subsequent action was woefully absent. it is hoped that the Tibetan Youth Congress will be as determined as ever to ensure that any assurances offered by UN officials are not simply empty gestures.
We need your help urgently, if you live in the US Canada Spain, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Australia Germany, France, Sweden or the UK please email the Indian Commission in your country to demand Delhi Police show full respect to the arrested Tibetan Hunger-Strikers (detained September 22 and forcibly medicated) and to allow them to continue their action.
Much appreciation to @tibettruth for the information and links
There’s wealth of questions and arguments regarding the ethics of self-harm, as applying to political protest, yet actions such as self-immolation or a hunger-strike remain a powerful individual expression and whatever the moral aspects of such protest, demand to be respected and responded to with understanding and awareness. Unfortunately the politics of the state often tramples over such considerations to realize short-term aims in bringing an end to such actions, take the troubling case of Irish political prisoners under the tender care of British rule being forcibly fed via stomach pumps!
Well looks like history is set to repeat itself, as on September 22 India sent in the police to close down the Tibetan hunger-strike, that has for twenty days been taking place in New Delhi in protest at the indifference of the United Nations and European Union to the plight of the Tibetan people under China’s tyranny. Clearly the courageous efforts of the three Tibetan involved and the global attention it attracted has become something of a political difficulty and the order was given to shut it down.
The scenes which took place today were deeply troubling and distressing, Tibetans who have for nearly a month denied themselves food, exhausted and in pain roughly man-handled by policemen who showed not an ounce of respect or consideration for the condition or peaceful action of these brave Tibetans.
Witnessing events, which seemed to take place in slow-motion was very difficult, even writing this brings tears flowing, recalling the efforts of the hunger-strikers to resist arrest, utterly drained yet still crying out to be allowed to continue their action. It was heartbreaking to see such patriotism and courage. There was also anger in being informed that the Indian authorities, in a gross violation of individual rights, then forcibly injected the Tibetans with glucose solutions, clearly desperate to prevent any loss of life not in terms of compassion or medical grounds (the excuse released by the authorities) but as a political response. No doubt the bloody tyrants of Beijing would be most pleased with the odious behavior of the Indian police.
Image & Photo-Diary Courtesy Of RTYCSamyelingDelhi
RTYCSamyelingDelhi Photo-Diary From Day 17 Of TYC Hunger-Strike
According to a report by Phayul following a state ordered medical examination of the three Tibetan hunger-strikers Indian authorities have issued an decree demanding an end to the action, citing medical concerns, although political considerations are no doubt at work behind the scenes. The Tibetan Youth Congress has expressed its determination to continue the protest, despite this latest development. Full Report Here
The sun rises over the dust and noise of Delhi’s streets as the three Tibetan hunger-strikers reach day thirteen of their protest to demand action from the United Nations and European Union on China’s tyranny in occupied Tibet.
Here’s the latest photo-diary from Tsewang Rangzen la of the TYC http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4456809223888.2182935.1399331099&type=1