GUWAHATI, Dec 9 � Five hundred Tibetans living in various parts of the North East India have started a mission to reach Guwahati on foot from their respective places not only to demand for a free Tibet but also to create public opinion against the ongoing human rights violation in Tibet.
The group of Tibetan refugees includes about 250 Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh, besides participants from Meghalaya and Nagaland.
The Tibetan refugees will also hold a meeting in Guwahati to commemorate the 23rd commemoration day of their spiritual leader Dalai Lama�s receiving of Nobel Peace Prize on Monday.
The Tibetan refugees will organize a silent candlelight rally in Guwahati on Monday evening in protest against human rights violations in Tibet and seek public support for the cause of free Tibet. They would also hold a 12-hour hunger strike in Guwahati from 5 am on Tuesday to create public opinion for their cause.
�The Tibetans are finding no other alternatives but to end their lives by self-immolations to protest against the human rights violations due to illegal occupation of the Chinese since 1950,� alleged Lhakpa Tsering, the liaison officer of the Tibetans refugees living in the North East, in a press statement.
It may be mentioned that there are about 10,000 Tibetans in various parts of the North East.
�A total of 94 Tibetan people have already self-immolated and sacrificed their lives opposing and protesting the human rights violations in Tibet by the occupational forces. We, on behalf of the North East Solidarity Committee for the Tibetan Cause, have organized the programme on the World Human Rights Day,� said Tsering.
�Our basic objective is to create public opinion to support the cause of free Tibet. We have also formed Tibet support groups in some of the North-Eastern States, so that they could pressurise the local government, who would in turn mount more pressure on the Indian government to support the cause of free Tibet,� he said.