Tibetan youth Congress activists continue hunger strike in New DelhiJuly 31st, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi , July 31 (ANI): Tibetan Youth Congress activists continued their hunger strike in New Delhi on the fourth day today to protest against Chinese occupation of their homeland.
The activists had on July 28 started their strike to garner international attention for their freedom struggle.
With Beijing Olympics approaching, Tibetans are trying to reinvigorate their freedom movement and protest against what they see as China ‘’s illegal occupation of their homeland.
Being without food or water for past four days has left the crusaders in a state of exhaustion.
“We want that we get support from the Indian government and the people of India in our struggle for freedom.” said Tapaishi, a protester.
The Tibetans are inspired by Indian freedom struggle in their fight for Tibetan independence.
“Just the way India was freed from the clutches of British, we also want freedom,” said Namang, another protester.
The Tibetan Youth Congress, which is struggling to restore Tibet ‘’s independence and opposes Beijing ‘’s right to host the Olympics for its alleged appalling Human rights record, vowed to launch a mass movement on August 7, 2008 on the principles of Mahatma Gandhi’’s non-violent struggle.
The Beijing Olympics will begin on August 08.
Tibetans-in-exile across the world have been holding rallies and demonstrations to protest against Chinese policies in Tibet .
Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans” religious aspirations, especially their respect for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
About 134,000 Tibetans live in exile, a vast majority of them in India or Nepal . (ANI)
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