Tibetan monks stage 48-hour hunger strike, seek UN intervention

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Panaji, Apr 3 (UNI) About 100 Tibetan monks from neighbouring North Katnataka's Mundgod joined Tibetans in Goa, to observe a 48-hour hunger strike, from today, seeking immediate UN intervention to stop atrocities against their compatriots in China.

The monks squat under a shamiana at the Azad maidan in the heart of the city, demanding autonomy to Tibet. They sought UN, governmental, human rights groups and other independent fact-finding committees to assess the situation in Tibet to ascertain the truth.

They also sought pressurising China, for calling an end to the killings and brutal suppression of Tibetan's fundamental right of expression.

The demonstrators appealed to the medical community to rush assistance to the victims of violence in China.

They also sought intervention of international communities for release of Tibetans detained in China immediately, who would face ''severe jail terms and inhuman torture'' otherwise.

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