Tibetan Hunger Strikers in India
The tragedy of Tibet continues. In Tibet, conquered by the Chinese, Tibetans suffer. And their culture is being systematically destroyed. All protest is harshly handled; imprisonment, torture and death await even the mildest of criticism. If it were not for tourist money, no historical site would be safe. However, those visitors, whose numbers are growing again, see little. It endangers Tibetans to talk with foreigners, yet they still try to explain what is happening. The consequences are grim.
      Once the United Nations objected to the events happening within Tibet. They quibbled whether Tibet was a separate country or not. But they did not shy away from the concern for human rights. Lately, they have been quiet. China is now a powerful member state.
      Many wish Tibet to be discussed again at the UN, to be put on the agenda. But it is not.
      There are hunger strikers in India trying to get the world's attention. These are Tibetan refugees who plan to hunger strike unto the death for that attention from the UN.
      It is far-fetched that such a tactic will move an indifferent world. It is a suicidal and self-violating gesture that is tragic and sad. Sweet Tibetans! Do you not know that rulers of nations do not care about Tibet? That they are concerned about power and influence and money? Especially wealth. They visit each other, smiling, and insult the world with inanities. They would sell each other the very weapons to destroy themselves: the United States missile technology to China, China atom bomb technology to Pakistan -- the hybrid capitalist-communist generals who would sell anyone's kidneys for gold (to take out of their poor country via the Mekong to Switzerland) — and so forth.
      The hunger strike unto the death by Tibetans is not approved of by the Dalai Lama (this being another form of violence. But he has no other suggestions, it is understood.). No one approves of it. The UN mumbles a little about it. The United States will not mention it in Beijing. China says nothing.
      The Indian government has arrested the first demonstrators to prevent their deaths. However, there is a second team, and a third. How will this sad story end? They have done enough. They need not die.
      Here are some of their names.

—John Brzostoski, 1998

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