By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Led by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) and the Regional Tibetan Women’s Association (RTWA), the Tibetan community in Shillong organised a peace march from Jhalupara to IGP on Tuesday to show solidarity and spread awareness about the self-immolation of 62 Tibetans in Tibet between 2007 and 2012.
Speaking about the self-immolations going on in Tibet, secretary of RTYC, Tenzin Pelyoun, said, “Self-immolations over a long period can impact the population in the long run. But we have to take the risk. So many deaths are taking place without self-immolation. If anyone simply protests, the Chinese army will detain them to places that no one knows of. These acts don’t come out because there is no freedom of press in China. The Tibetan youth are desperate. They think they are going to die anyway, then why not do on their own. It is only medium by which they are being to express their helplessness.”
“It takes time for non-violence to have an impact but today the world is getting sensitized to it and social media is also playing a vital role. We will continue our endeavour till we get our freedom and get to return to our country,” Pelyoun said.