Tibetans go on hunger strike in Delhi to protest Chinese atrocities

April 22nd, 2011 - 10:26 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 22(ANI): Tibetans in exile went on a hunger strike in New Delhi on Friday to protest the atrocities of Chinese troops imposing a severe lockdown on Tibet’s Kirti Monastery.

Tibetans around the globe have been sitting on hunger strike, demanding the withdrawal of Chinese army personnel from the monastery.

“The main purpose is that we demand immediate withdrawal of the Chinese military troops that surrounded and that blocked the Kirti monastery inside Tibet. So, one of our monks, he sacrificed his life for the country. After that, all the Chinese army and Chinese police, they all came to Kirti monastery and they are forcing the monks for the patriotic re-education campaign inside the monastery,” said Kungshuk Yangpe, Finance Secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress.

In recent weeks, the Chinese government has violently restricted religious activities at Kirti Monastery and has launched a vigorous ‘Patriotic Re-Education Campaign’.

The Monastery - a sanctuary for the practice of Buddhism and teachings of peace - has been converted into a prison.

Acharya Yeshee, a protestor, said that Chinese atrocities against Tibetans have been condemned globally, and China needs to resolve the issue.

“The United States, officially they condemned the Chinese government policy and also the European Union, the Parliament also passed the resolution, they condemned the present Chinese which is handling the Chinese government policy, and then the entire globe, officially and non-officially everyone is appealing the Chinese government, they should withdraw military from the entire monastery and institutions around that area, and in reality they should come up to solve the Tibet issue,” Yeshee said.

According to reports, after Chinese troops occupied the Kirti Monastery, Phuntsok, a 20-year-old monk, committed self-immolation on March 16 to protest the act.

The Chinese troops have sealed the monastery making it impossible for monks to move out and devotees to offer food to the monks.

Between March 16 and April 12, 17 monks from the Kirti Monastery and 17 other local Tibetans have been arrested.

Tibetan students in Dharamsala had earlier called for a worldwide hunger strike on April 5, to protest the Chinese crackdown on civilians in Tibet after the monk’s self-immolation.

Tibet has been under Chinese occupation ever since the Chinese army invaded it in 1950.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetans along with their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, had arrived in India in 1959 after an unsuccessful uprising against the Chinese rule. (ANI)

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