NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Tibetan community of western Massachusetts has been holding hunger strikes in the Pioneer Valley, to raise awareness for Tibetans in their homeland who are struggling with the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
This past Thursday was the 57th anniversary of Chinese occupation. Since then, Tibetans fear their culture is in danger, freedom of speech and religion in particular.
To commemorate that struggle, people gathered in front of the First Church in Northampton, to pray for those who have been victimized for speaking up.
Jhamba Sherpa of Easthampton told 22News, “Tibetans have a strong spirit…you know, spirit-wise and mentally they can’t destroy…Tibetans have a strong feeling of who they are”.
Sherpa also says they are praying for the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who is currently in the United States for medical treatment.