Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest pro-independence organisation launched a nation-wide signature campaign to highlight the ‘critical situation in Kardze’ and the ongoing repression in Tibet, yesterday at a candle light vigil.
The announcement comes in the wake of a reported drive in Kardze where Chinese security forces are visiting every household in the region and forcibly collecting signatures ‘pledging love and protection of the laws of the motherland’.
Describing the last 60 years of China’s occupation as ‘the dark age for Tibet’, TYC said that 600,000 signatures will be raised through the campaign targeted at various embassies and the European Union.
Kardze in the Tibetan province of Kham has witnessed a wave of anti-China protests since June 6 with monks and nuns from surrounding monasteries carrying protests in Kardze town, raising slogans for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s independence.
In the month of June, around 24 different incidents of peaceful protests have been reported from Kardze resulting in the arrests of over 40 Tibetans.
“Kardze is currently under such a dire situation with intensified military presence and restricted freedom of movement that even the sick has to have a guarantor to visit the hospital”, TYC said in a statement.
Speaking at the candle light vigil in the exile base of Dharamshala, TYC Vice-President Dhondup Lhadar called for the immediate lifting of the security clampdown in Kardze and demanded the release of all political prisoners.
“We would like to convey to the government of China that if they are sincere about projecting an image of truth and freedom, then they should manifest it in their actions and stop with their lies”, Dhondup said.