Tibetan protesters resume fast for ”Free Tibet” in New DelhiAugust 6th, 2008 - 7:02 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, August 6 (ANI): Tibetans in exile resume their hunger strike in New Delhi on Wednesday as an Indian woman from Chennai joins them in the protest by fasting to support their cause.
The Tibetan protesters sat on the hunger strike once again after they were forcibly removed by the authorities following deterioration in the condition of some of the fasting protesters.
“I came here on Tuesday to take part in the hunger strike by the Tibetan Youth Congress. I feel deeply for the Tibetan cause because what is happening in Tibet is very unjust and I wish India and the world will come forward to resolve the Tibet situation,” said Ayesha Reddy, Indian protester supporting Tibetan cause.
As the Olympics approach, Tibetans are trying to reinvigorate their freedom movement and protest against what they see as China’’s illegal occupation of their homeland.
The aim of the ”Indefinite fast for Tibet-without food and water” movement is to attract the attention of the international community towards the Tibetan cause.
Over 25,000 Tibetans are expected to gather in New Delhi on August 8 to participate in a mass demonstration campaign and appeal the world community to boycott the Beijing Olympics.
China has controlled Tibet since People’’s Liberation Army troops marched into the region in 1950 and Beijing considers Tibet as an integral part of its territory.
Critics accuse China of repressing Tibetans” religious aspirations, especially their veneration for the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
China says it has spent billions of dollars developing the impoverished Himalayan region, and raised its living standards. (ANI)
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