Tibetan student pays tribute to self immolators, observes 72 hour fast
A Tibetan student Tenpa Dhargyal observes 72 hours fast extending solidarity to self immolators, while marking the Losar, the Tibetan New Year.
Dhargyal is also associated with Tibetan Youth Congress-in-Exile. He has witnessed the 2008 great uprising in Tibet. The peaceful uprising faced brutal killing and arrest of thousands of Tibetans by Chinese military.
At least 126 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule since 2009 across a large swathe of ethnically Tibetan regions, with most of them dying from their injuries.
A fellow member of the Tibetan Youth Congress-in-Exile, Tenzin Tsundue elaborated on Tenpa's cause.
"He is doing this fast as away to show his solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet who have immolated themselves in the recent years and also their families who are left behind and this is his way of showing solidarity with them and also tells internationally what is happening in Tibet. Tibetans in Tibet are suffering under Chinese's brutal occupation and internationally everybody is trading with China," said Tenzin Tsundue.
Tibetans in-exile in Dharamsala marked 'Losar', the Tibetan New Year and pledged to uphold the cultural ethos and traditional values of humility, integrity and resilience.
'Losar' is marked with ancient ceremonies that represent the struggle between good and evil. The occasion is marked by chanting of hymns and passing of fire torches through the crowds.
For the last five years, Tibetans have observed muted celebrations in solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet following China's brutal crackdown of the overwhelmingly Tibet-wide peaceful protest in 2008.
Violence has flared in Tibet since 1950, when Beijing claims it "peacefully liberated" the region. Many Tibetans say Chinese rule has eroded their culture and religion. They are agitating for the Dalai Lama's return from exile in India, and genuine autonomy for their homeland.
The Chinese government, however, denies trampling Tibetan rights and boasts of having brought development and prosperity to the region.
(Posted on 05-03-2014)