DHARAMSALA, 1 Oct: As many as 43 activists from the Tibetan Youth Congress(TYC) were detained by Delhi police for storming the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The activists from the largest Tibetan NGO in exile called the Chinese Communist Party’s celebration of its anniversary a celebration of 70 years of violence, lies, oppression and occupation of Tibet as they staged a protest outside the Chinese embassy in the Indian capital.
The activists, despite police’s effort to thwart the protest, made it outside the Chinese embassy and shouted slogans demanding freedom and end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet among others before there were detained by the police.
“Tibetan Youth Congress strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party’s rule recognizing it as a celebration of 70 years of violence, lies and oppression against the people of Tibet, East Turkestan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China,” the organisation said in their press release.
“Until Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians, Hong Kongers and Taiwanese people voices are respected and not silenced, China’s celebration will only be in vain,” the statement read.
“Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China by the Communist Party in October 1, | 1949, the Chinese Government has not only illegally occupied and colonized Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia; it has carried out many wrongs and disastrous policies that have resulted in death of over 30 million Chinese people,” it added.
The TYC stated in their press release that China still continues to ignore and violate all the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other covenants it has signed.
“The deliberate failure to implement the articles of UDHR inside China proves that the signing of these documents remains void of any meaning.”
“Until, the People’s Republic of China can address the legitimate grievances of the people of Tibet, find a solution to the political solution for Tibet and other nations under CCP, China cannot be recognized as the leading nation in world affairs.”
TYC has reiterated its call for complete independence of Tibet while calling on the world to not allow China’s economic and military might to trump Human Rights and International Law.
“We appeal to the world leaders to respect genuine aspirations of all the people suffering under the authoritarian regime of CCP and to renew open discussions on the issues of Tibet and implement three resolutions passed on Tibet in 1956, 1969 and 1965 by the United Nations General Assembly.”
“Recognising today as a black day, we are organising protest here in New Delhi as well as in New York, the US,” TYC President Gonpo Dhondup said.
Meanwhile, defying a police ban in Hong Kong and calling the occasion a ‘day of mourning,’ massive protests broke out in Hong Kong on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.