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Hunger Strikers battle it out on Day 6
Phayul[Saturday, August 02, 2008 15:53]
By Tenzin Sangmo

Sonam Dakpa (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
Sonam Dakpa (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
New Delhi, August 2 - Six days without food and water is no small feat. The hunger strikers at Delhi's Jantar Mantar are now entering a critical stage. Though extremely weak they rely on their mental strength to fight the physical demands of the human body. There is visible loss in energy, respiratory problems and slurred speech. Their debilitating condition is further hastened by the hot weather. An occasional light shower helps in bringing down the temperature, but there is only so much that a mortal being can endure.

Bashisht Narain Singh, Convenor of All Party Parliamentary Forum for Tibet who visited the hunger strikers yesterday said despairingly, "Ending one's life is not the solution." He mentioned that Satyagraha can be expressed in different forms and hoped that they halt the indefinite fast for their own well being.

(Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
(Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
Joe Hamilton, Tibet supporter and singer/songwriter from Germany told Phayul, "It makes me feel sad and humble to see these Tibetans sacrifice their health and lives." He talked of his friend Sherap, a monk in Germany, who had sat on a hunger strike for ten days and passed away a year later. "It is the long term effects that poses a threat to a man."

Regional members have started arriving in the City and TYC is all set to launch their direct action campaign against the Summer Olympics on the eve of the Games.

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