Poverty-stricken Gurkhas beg Boris to meet with them or starve to death: ‘We’re going to die!’
GURKHA veterans are staging a hunger strike outside 10 Downing Street in protest of their army pensions, which were granted on the idea that they would return to their homeland, where living costs are significantly lower.
A group of Gurkha soldiers have staged a hunger strike outside 10 Downing Street, demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss their army pensions. One of the protest organizers, Dhan Gurung, said he and his fellow protesters are willing to die to have their opinions heard and their pensions examined. Gurkhas who retired before 1997 were only eligible for the Gurkha Pension Scheme (GPS), which is significantly less than the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, with the expectation that many would return to Nepal. However, many veterans were granted settlement rights in 2009, allowing them to live in the UK on pitiful salaries.
Gurkhas have formed up camp outside Downing Street and have stated that they will remain there until they die, waving placards that read “fast unto death.”
Gurkhas serving a complete 15 years in the British Armed Forces would be entitled for £200 per month under the GPS, an amount the British Government claims is “intended to give Gurkha veterans with a very decent standard of living in Nepal.”
Despite the lower cost of living than in the UK, actress Joanna Lumley spearheaded a successful campaign in 2009 to allow Gurkhas to settle in the UK if they so desired.
Gurkhas who retired after 1997 will be eligible for the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, according to a 2007 announcement.
Dhan Gurung, on the other hand, who retired before 1997 and now lives in the United Kingdom, is only eligible for the GPS.
Dhan Gurung stated in a video posted with Sky News: “Our forefathers risked their life to preserve Great Britain; now we are striving for equal rights.”
“We need equal rights, and we need equal rights handled right away.
“If you don’t address it, we’re going to die tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.
“The British government must shoulder this responsibility.”
Mr Gurung’s hunger strike began on Saturday, and he is accompanied by his wife.
“The British Government is not addressing our issues,” he continued. “Brinkwire Summary News.”