Indian Youth Stand for Tibet

Delhi University Students Union(DUSU) Organize a Protest March for Tibet.

Delhi:  Indian youth of Delhi University, joined by Tibetans, led a protest march across Delhi University to highlight the current ongoing crisis in Tibet and call upon China to respect human rights in Tibet.

With the self-immolation of Nangdrol, 18-year old Tibetan from Dzamthang, Ngaba, eastern Tibet who died on the spot on 19th Feb 2012, so far 23 Tibetans are now reported to have set fire to themselves in Tibet since 27th February 2009.

Hundreds of Indian college students from St. Stephens, Miranda House, Kirori Mal, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Khlasa, Hindu, Dhauladram took part in the protest march against the Chinese govt. repression and violence in Tibet.

“Tibetans and Indians have share long history and cultural of friendship, therefore it is our moral responsibility to stand with the Tibetan people in their fight for Freedom” said Mr Deepak Bansal, DUSU Joint Secretary. “We were shocked by the recent cases of self-immolations and military crackdown by Chinese arm force which leads to the death of many Tibetan people. Therefore, we strongly condemn Chinese govt. violence means on Peaceful protesters”

Students Union of Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh, and other Himalayan regions also joined the protest to express their solidarity.
“Both Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh share a long history of cordial relationship with Tibet. We both share similar culture, language and religion,” said Stanzin Khakyab, President of the Ladakh Student Union, Delhi. “China’s regular muscle-flexing has been evident with is recent land grabbing attempts across the trans-Himalayan region. Tibet’s resolution can only bring a true solution to these problems.”

In an unprecedented show of defiance to Chinese rule, series of protests have been taking place inside Tibet this year. To stop news of the unrest reaching the world after security forces opened fire on unarmed protesters calling for Tibetan freedom and the return of the His Holiness Dalai Lama, the Chinese government has sealed Tibet off to foreigners and journalists.

“The spate of self-immolations by Tibetans is a testimony to China’s authoritative and repressive rule in Tibet. World leaders must now come together and intervene as a global force to stop China from taking further Tibetan lives” said Dorjee Tseten, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet-India. “Tibetans are not celebrating this year Losar (Tibetan new year) both inside and outside to show our solidarity and organizing hunger strike, protest vigils all over the world.”

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About INDIA: Stand Up for Tibet-Petition

Please sign this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today. We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. National wide Candle Light Vigil wil be organised by our Indian Members and supporters in all the Indian major cities that day. Tibet Needs You Now! Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters. Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength. To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
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