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Tibetans protest outside UN office in New Delhi; hunger strikers enter Day 6

August 13, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
August 11, 2008

New Delhi, August 11 -- TYC General Secretary Tenzin Norsang led a
resolute group of about 150 activists to obtain a response to their
memorandum submitted July 29 at the United Nations Office in New
Delhi. The group raised slogans requesting the UN to take a stronger
stand against China's illegal occupation of Tibet and to condemn the
Chinese system of governance. They demanded that a representative
come out and answer their questions. The activists pledged a 12 hour
hunger strike without food and water until their pleas were heard.

Tenzin Norsang was escorted inside by police officers and after a
brief communiqué with UN delegates he addressed the crowd.

"They assured me our memorandum has been forwarded to the head office
and related human rights groups. The UN has also expressed further
support and encouragement in light of the present crisis." He further
added it was not permissible for representatives to come out of the
building and interact with the protesters for which they have
expressed regret but nonetheless relayed that they stood behind the
Tibetans in their quest for freedom and fundamental rights.

After requests from the Indian authorities to disperse the group
boarded three buses chanting slogans and headed towards Jantar Mantar.

In a related incident, the second batch of hunger strikers who have
entered Day 6 without food and water as part of the second phase of
Tibetan People's Mass Movement under the organization's leadership
are losing strength with visible changes in physical conditions.

According to Vice President Dhondup Dorjee, the six men have on an
average lost 5-7 kilograms with fatigue and nausea setting in. He
said the doctor advised medical treatment to four of the participants
but they turned it down. Sonam Samdup was said to be doing poorly as
was Lobsang Jorden. Tibetan nurses attend to the hunger strikers
during the weekend to provide basic health care routine. Asha Reddy
broke her fast yesterday morning after spending four days and nights
at Jantar Mantar without food and water to display her support to the
Tibetan race.

The first batch of hunger strikers who were taken to Ram Manohar
Lohia on the 9th day of their indefinite fast were moved to Tirath
Ram hospital August 9 by TYC.

All except Jangchup Sangpo who suffered injuries at the hands of the
Indian police the night they were forcibly taken to the hospital are
said to be responding well to treatment.

TYC activists who were arrested for protesting outside the Chinese
Embassy coinciding with the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Games
August 8 were released from judicial custody the next day. Nine
Tibetans who passed out during the scuffle were taken to the hospital
and released after medical care.
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