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Mass Protest in Chicago at China's Consulate on August 8

August 8, 2008

Press Release
The International Tibet Independence Movement
August 6, 2008

Contact: Professor Larry Gerstein (; 317-506-2249)

CHICAGO, ILL. - On the opening day of the 2008 Beijing Olympics,
August 8, at least 500 Tibetans and their supporters from the Midwest
will stage a massive protest in front of China's Consulate in Chicago at 12pm.

This demonstration is part of a worldwide effort on August 8 to
express deep displeasure with China's cruel treatment of Tibetans,
its brutal illegal occupation of Tibet, and its unwillingness to
resolve the Tibet-China conflict.

The protesters in the Midwest will be joined at the Water Tower at
10:30am by the 15 core participants involved in the 180-mile, 2008
"March for Tibet's Independence” that began in Madison on July 25
and ends at the Consulate on August 8. Included among these walkers
are Jigme Norbu (son of Taktser Rinpoche and nephew of His Holiness
The Dalai Lama), the Venerable Palden Gyatso, a 77-year old Monk who
spent 33 years in a Chinese prison, and Wangchuk Dorje (Former North
American Parliament Member-Tibetan Government In-Exile).

For details about this walk, visit

Tibetans and their supporters from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Kentucky, Washington, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York,
Michigan, and India will participate.

Members of the Illinois Chapter of the Formosan Association for
Public Affairs will also participate.

Jigme Norbu stated, "We have not achieved my father's lifelong dream
of restoring Tibet's independence. I will continue to do whatever is
necessary to achieve his dream and to voice the desires of my 6
million brothers and sisters inside Tibet who only want independence
and who continue to demonstrate this desire in spite of the brutal
force they experience at the hands of China's military and police.”

According to the Venerable Palden Gyatso, "Until we achieve an
acceptable solution on the Tibet-China issue, we will keep fighting."

Sangay Taythi (Regional Tibetan Youth Congress-Minnesota) stated, "As
a Tibetan youth in exile, I feel that it is our responsibility to
keep the Tibetan movement alive through non-violent ways and rise up
to regain the very place our parents and grandparents were forced out of."

The International Tibet Independence Movement, Tibetan Alliance of
Chicago, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, Wisconsin Tibetan
Association, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress-Minnesota, Minnesota
Tibetan Women's Association, Midwest Students for a Free Tibet,
Chicago Students for a Free Tibet, and Indiana University-Students
for a Free Tibet are coordinating this event.
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