By Tenzin Sangmo
Delhi police guard the UN office as Tibetans continue to protest since 8th August '08. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
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.
A monk distributes pamphlets to security personals on duty at the UN office in New Delhi. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
"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.
Protestors are taken back to Jantar Mantar in police bus. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
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.
The second batch of hunger strikers entered Day 6 without food and water. (Photo by Tenzin Dasel/Phayul.com)
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.