The five protesters being taken to Tihar Jail from Patiala House. Source: TYC
“I feel truly proud to be in Tihar for my rightful act of demonstrating against the Chinese policies of repression in Tibet, as it is one of the few non-violent methods left with Tibetans to make the world aware of the pitiful plight of Tibetans in Tibet. Bod Gyalo!! (Victory to Tibet)”, said 65 year old Pawo Dawa Tsering, with a determination stronger than the iron bars that separated him from the free world. Mr. Dawa Tsering, a member of 1998 TYC hunger strike, had been arrested and later sent to Tihar Jail, for demonstrating at the Chinese Embassy situated in the Indian capital along with TYC President Mr. Kelsang Phunstok, Mr. Passang Tsewang (60), Mr. Tenzin Paljor (20) and Lobsang Dhakpa (22).
Martyr Dawa Tsering collapsing after being brutally beaten up by the Staffs of the Chinese Embassy. Source: AP
The five protesters-who scaled the gates and entered the premises of the Embassy-shouted slogans, raised banners and protested against the illegal and inhuman torture of the Tibetans inside Tibet and also demanded the staff and the Security personals of the Embassy, a meeting with the Ambassador for an explanation on the ongoing repression and ominous developments in Tibet. They handed over a Memorandum calling for the end of the Patriotic re-education Campaign in Tibet and sought the release of all arrested monks and nuns in Tibet. The memorandum also called for the re-induction of the detained monks and nuns in their respective monasteries.
The youngest amongst them who is also serving as the Sports Secretary of RTYC Samyeling (Majnu-ka-tilla), Mr. Tenzin Paljor asserted, “It was a great feeling of having made a contribution to our struggle … If demonstrating against Chinese repression in Tibet is considered a crime, I am more than willing to commit it for another thousand times”. He further added that although they were made to clean the cells and toilets, they enjoy doing it “as a part of our struggle.” Mr. Lobsang Dhakpa, aged 22, an active member of the regional chapter told the people visiting them that he is full of pride for his deeds and is not petrified by the prison conditions as “the TYC president has been a perennial source of encouragement for us all”.
The staffs and policemen manhandling TYC president who was seeking a meeting with the Ambassador. Source: TYC
“Our hardships and problems in the prison are of no significance as compared to what our brethrens in Tibet are undergoing at the hands of the Chinese authorities”, avowed the TYC president. He also urged the international community to heed and respect the aspirations of the Tibetan people of complete independence, and to initiate measures to seek the immediate release of all the monks and nuns who have been arrested following the patriotic re-education campaign and demand the instant reinstatement of all the expelled monks and nuns in their respective monasteries.
Their will and determination can be perceived from the opinions of Mr. Passang Tsewang who declared that they are willing to make any kind of sacrifices for their nation and people including “sitting on a hunger strike in prison till their demand for the termination of ‘Patriotic Re-education’ campaign is not realized”.
The 5 Martyrs shouting slogans and asking to accept the memorandum demanding the immediate termination of the Patriotic re-education campaign in Tibet. Source: AFP
While the 5 protesters were deciding about carrying out activities from the jail, the Information Secretary and the Public Relations Officer of TYC were toiling their heart-out in making their demands considered by the international community specially the representatives of various organs of United Nations and various Embassies and consulates across Delhi.
The 5 protesters were part of the 40-member brave group which stormed the Chinese Embassy on 6th December, 26 of whom were detained at the Chanakyapuri Police Station. The demonstration led by the Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress, was actively participated by the activists from the RTYC Delhi Youth Hostel, RTYC Samyeling and RTYC Dharamshala. Although 21 protesters including 7 females were later released but not without framing a case under section Cr PC 107/150. The remaining 5 protesters, after entering the premise of the embassy were taken into custody and were sent to Tihar Jail, a day later.
It is worth noting that the 5 activists refused to get bailed out but instead believed that their confinement in prison could serve as a boost for the early realization of their demands. The 5 members have been charged under Section 107/151 of Cr PC.
The protestors fluttering their proud National Flag and banners while entering the premise of the Chinese Embassy. Source: AFP
The build up of events of the last couple of days, beginning from the violence in Tibet and arrests of TYC members - these all send a strong message to the Tibetans that just waiting and hoping for some ‘negotiated’ settlement and wishing for help from other countries are not politically correct or diplomatically feasible. Tibetans have to champion their cause themselves. Tibetans have to make themselves heard and must strive hard to push the issue of Tibet on the world fora by making any sort of sacrifices, even for a thousand times.