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Tibetan Youth Congress launches month-long march to exert pressure on China
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Tibetan Youth Congress launches month-long march to exert pressure on China

| @indiablooms | 06 May 2023, 12:07 am

Guwahati: The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) is trying to exert pressure on China as it launched a month-long "Tibet Matters March" from Gangtok (Sikkim) to Tezpur (Assam) on Apr 29, media reports said.

The march involves over 80 volunteers from the regional chapters of TYC in India and Nepal, reports The Tibet RIghts Collective.

The President of TYC, Gonpo Dhundup, stated that the march was initiated to commemorate the forced signing of the “Seventeen-Point Agreement” by Tibetan delegates with China on May 23, 1959, which ultimately led to China's occupation of Tibet, the news portal reported.

Incidentally, the activists, during the march, demanded that world leaders and China take necessary actions to address the Sino-Tibet conflict.

They requested the G20 leaders to raise the issue during their summit in September 2023. They also demanded the Chinese government to immediately shut down colonial boarding schools that attack and eliminate Tibetan culture and identity, and address the deteriorating human rights situation under its repressive rule in Tibet, the newspaper reported.

The TYC activists emphasized that Tibet matters in resolving growing tensions between China and several Southeast Asian countries as almost 2 billion people depend on freshwater resources originating from the Tibetan plateau.

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