New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Four Tibetans who played an active role in the ‘peaceful protests’ staged in Tibet against the Chinese occupation of their land recalled the atrocities committed by the Chinese forces on fellow Tibetans. They narrated their experiences at a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday.
The four Tibetans Tsering Gyurmey, Gonpo, Tsewang Dhundup and Lobsang Thubten took part in the ‘peaceful protests’, which took place in Karze County on March 18 and March 23, 2008.
Later they managed to escape from Tibet and entered India.
They recounted how the Chinese police brutality resulted in the death of a monk protester on March 24, 2008.
Tsewang Dhondup who sustained serious gunshot wounds endured a year long unbearable suffering since lack of medi-care led to maggots aggravating his wounds.
The deep gunshot wounds and eye witness accounts of deaths of Tibetan protestors discount Chinese government’s claim of not using violent methods on peaceful Tibetan protestors.
“According to my information about 20 people died. When I reached the protest site I saw a monk who was unconscious. I tried to save his life. While saving the life of 20-year-old Kunga who was hit by a bullet, I was also shot twice, one in the back piercing through the front part and another on the left arm leaving me unconscious,” said Tsewang Dhondup.
Another activist Lobsang Thubten recalled his struggle against Chinese oppression.
“We started a non-violent campaign by boycotting farming. The reason behind this was that many young Tibetans were killed during the protest and it was just a deep anger and resentment against those killings,” said Lobsang.
On reaching India, they headed to Dharamsala the seat of Tibetan government in-exile.
Ever since the Dalai Lama and his followers fled from Tibet in 1959, they established a found a new haven to preserve their unique faith, culture and identity at Dharamsala, which in turn has earned it the name ‘Little Tibet’. (ANI)