Tibetan activists while addressing a gathering of Tibetans at a candle light vigil held yesterday evening said that the Tibetan struggle is getting stronger.
The Dharamshala chapters of the Tibetan Youth Congress and the Tibetan Women’s Association organised the candle light vigil in honour of Dawa Tsering, a 38-year old monk from Kardze Monastery, eastern Tibet who set himself ablaze protesting China’s occupation of Tibet on Tuesday.
Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters walked from the busy lanes of Mcleod Ganj to the site specific installation of 20,000 kgs of soil from Tibet at the open grounds of the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Upper Dharamshala.
School students and staff joined the vigil as a sea of candles surrounded the little piece of land from Tibet.
Referring to the self-immolations in Tibet, Lhadon Tethong, a leading Tibetan activist said that “Tibetan activism is getting stronger and stronger, not weaker.”
“Challenges are there in difficult times, but we have to be firm and move forward with our struggle for a free Tibet,” said Tethong.
Tenzin Tsundue, president of the regional chapter of the largest pro-independence group in exile urged the Tibetans in exile to be the real voice for the Tibetans inside Tibet.
“We have to be the voice for the voiceless and we have to spread their cries through our websites, newspapers, and through person to person,” said Tsundue.
The Executive Director of the Students for a Free Tibet, Tenzin Dorjee said that the recent self-immolations by ten Tibetans in Tibet have saddened every Tibetan but also pointed out that Tibetan activism has reached its highest stage since 1959.
“Despite repressive policies and critical situation inside Tibet, our activism has reached its climax,” said Dorjee while urging Tibetans worldwide to remain united in resisting China’s occupation of Tibet.