14 Tibetan exiles end 33-day hunger strike

Fourteen Tibetan exiles protesting the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and demanding an end to China's rule over Tibet ended a 33-day hunger strike Thursday following an appeal from the Dalai Lama and Indian lawmakers. George Fernandes, former Indian defense minister and a supporter of the Tibetan cause, offered fruit juices to the Tibetans and promised to raise their demands in India's Parliament when it meets next week, said T. Dorjee, general secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress. In a letter to the protesters, the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, praised their courage and determination but asked them to end the hunger strike, Dorjee told The Associated Press. On Wednesday, thousands of Tibetan exiles marched in the Indian capital, wearing headbands and T-shirts with the slogan "Free Tibet." The march ended with a rally close to India's Parliament House.