TAIPEI: As tragic self-immolations by Tibetans continue unabated, Tibetans and Taiwanese supporters on Saturday began a 49-hour hunger strike in front of Taipei’s Liberty Square to garner global support to end the deepening crisis in Tibet.
Despite heavy rain and cold windy weather, about 80 Tibetans and supporters gathered at liberty square participated in the rally. The gathering observed a minute’s silence for those Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause.
Mr Dawa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Taiwan, said the Chinese government’s repressive policies in Tibet are pushing Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest.
He said the blame and solution to the escalating crisis in Tibet lies entirely with the Chinese government. He appealed to the international community to encourage the Chinese government to find a lasting solution to the problem of Tibet through dialogue with the Tibetan leadership.
The hunger strike, which is a part of Global Solidarity Day for Tibet, will culminate in a special prayer service and candle light vigil on 10 December evening.
The Kashag had called on the Tibetan Associations, Tibet Support Groups, Buddhist Centers, and all friends around the world to form a coalition with as many human rights groups to organise and participate in the Global Solidarity Day on 10 December.
It requested them to dispatch delegations to visit different media organisations in order to create awareness about the ongoing tragedy in Tibet. Equally important is to reach out to as many members of Parliament, Congress and government officials, it said.
The Kashag had further asked all Tibetans and friends to share a recently released video on self-immolations and a microsite on solidarity with Tibet campaign with elected government representatives, government officials, the media, and various social networks. It also called on all Tibetans and their friends to post www.tibet.net on their social networking sites from today on to access daily updates and how best they can support Tibet.