INDIAN STUDENTS PROTEST PRESIDENT HU JINTAO’S FAILED POLICIES IN TIBET; URGE BRICS SUMMIT LEADERS TO PRESS CHINA TO END CRACKDOWN IN TIBET

Delhi, March 26, 2012: Indian students protested Chinese President Hu Jintao’s failed policies and escalating crackdown in Tibet as he prepares to attend the fourth BRICS Summit in New Delhi. The students unfurled a large banner stating “HU JINTAO: YOU’RE NOT WELCOME TO INDIA. YOU’VE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS. FREE TIBET NOW” in front of the India Gate. The protest comes a day after Jamphel Yeshi, a 27-year-old Tibetan man, set himself on fire in Jantar Mantar, Delhi’s main square, in protest of Chinese rule over Tibet. He is currently being treated with severe burns at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital.

 “As an Indian and a person of conscience, I will not welcome Hu Jintao or any Chinese leader to my country as long China continues its extreme and violent rule over Tibet,” said Priya, chapter coordinator of Students for a Free Tibet in Delhi. “The BRICS leaders gathered here must publicly and vigorously pressure Hu Jintao to end the gross human rights violations his regime is perpetrating in Tibet. We must also remember that China is not only inflicting horrific suffering on the people of Tibet but also is the biggest sponsor of tyrannical regimes around the world, including in Syria, Burma, and Sudan.”

 China’s repressive policies during its 60-year rule over Tibet, and the severe crackdown going on today, have created a human right crisis, provoking an unprecedented wave of self-immolations by Tibetan monks, nuns and laypeople. Since January 2012, there have been 17 self-immolations by Tibetans calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. The same calls for freedom were also heard during a recent wave of large-scale peaceful protests in Tibet. Chinese security forces responded to this resistance by opening fire on crowds and then arresting and disappearing people suspected of being involved in the protest.

“Standing before this National monument, I pay homage to all my Tibetan brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives fighting to regain the freedom of their country Tibet. Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh share a very intimate relation with Tibet and it pains us to see Tibetan culture, language and religion under such vicious attack under China’s authoritarian rule,” said Rinchen Dolma, a student from Ladakh. “Our message to the Indian Government today is China cannot be trusted; every year there are several incursions by Chinese security forces into Ladakh and Arunachal, a clear indication of China’s true intentions to control the entire trans-Himalayan region by force. Only a resolution for Tibet can bring true stability for India’s northern border and I urge Prime Minister Singh to directly call on Hu Jintao to cease the brutal crackdown in Tibet and to help secure a just and fair resolution for the Tibetan people.”

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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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7 Responses to INDIAN STUDENTS PROTEST PRESIDENT HU JINTAO’S FAILED POLICIES IN TIBET; URGE BRICS SUMMIT LEADERS TO PRESS CHINA TO END CRACKDOWN IN TIBET

  1. Tsering says:

    IT IS REALLY GREAT TO SEE OUR INDIAN PEOPLE SUPPORTING US.REALLY UNITED WE STAND,DIVIDED WE FALL.CCP NOW SHAME ON URSELF N FREE TIBET NOW.RIP TO ALL THOSE BROTHERS N SISTERS WHO FUMED THEMSELVES.NOW PLEASE WAKE UP UNO

  2. tenzing dhaoe ex-rohini youth hosteler and sft member says:

    truly an great achievement and support by the indian youth… very happy to see that young india knows and is knowing about the real china and it’s cruel govt. policies and trorture being practiced by them against TIBETANS in TIBET… please continue your support as we really are in need of support of any sort… FREET TIBET.. FREE TIBET.. FREE TIBET…
    TIBET WASN’T, ISN’T AND WILL NEVER BE A PART OF china, BECAUSE TIBET BELONGS TO WE TIBETANS AND US ONLY….

  3. Kunsang Gyaltsen, Boston, USA says:

    Great job SFT India.

  4. Lobsang Norbu says:

    Great job for all your activities and appreciate to all of you who are involved in this protest directly or indirectly. Thank you for all of you.

  5. Tenzin Sherab says:

    I personally thank you all for your support.

  6. Paul Kelly says:

    Excellent article so refreshing to see that people are waking up to the real threat of world domination by C.P.R. A recent TV programme in UK was actually advocating that we Brits should start to adopt Chinese wages and conditions as a way of getting out of economic challenge.
    My view is that we in the west need to re assess our relationship with China in view of its invasion of Tibet and its subjugation of its people.

  7. Pingback: Hu Jintao was Shamed during his recent visit to India « Lhakar Diaries

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