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Philadelphia to DC "March for Tibet's Independence"

March 12, 2010

For Immediate Release
Philadelphia to DC "March for Tibet's Independence"

FISHERS, Ind. - On this 51st Anniversary of China's illegal and brutal
occupation of Tibet, the International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM)
announces it will lead a 150 mile "March for Tibet's Independence" beginning
with a demonstration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia (143 South 3rd
Street) at 9am on July 4, 2010. The walk will proceed through Pennsylvania,
Maryland, and Washington, D.C., concluding with another demonstration in
front of China's Embassy (3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008)
at 11am on July 13, 2010.

July 4th is the Anniversary of the United States' succession or independence
from England. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia are
striking symbols of this country's independence. In fact, Independence Hall
is considered the birthplace of the United States. This year's walk for
Tibet begins at this historic Hall because Tibetans want independence for
their country as well. A group of 15-20 Tibetans and others from different
parts of the United States will complete this walk.

This is the 15th major 'March' or 'Bicycle Ride' for Tibet's independence
organized by ITIM since 1995. ITIM walkers and bike riders have compiled
greater than 3,600 miles in more than 350 days!

According to Ngawang Norbu (ITIM Board Member), "Fifty-one years is a long
time for an individual, but not that long for a nation. We must be patient
and work hard, if necessary, for another 51 years to achieve independence
for our country, Tibet. If there is a sunset, there is also a sunrise. Right
now is a very dark period for Tibet, but the sun will definitely rise again
and Tibet will be FREE!"

Why does ITIM continue to organize yearly walks for Tibet?
1. Because Tibet is still not independent;
2. To give voice to the Tibetans inside of Tibet who desire their freedom
and experience unthinkable conditions on a daily basis;
3. Because Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, The Panchen Lama, is still missing;
5. Because Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and other Tibetans continue to be
6. To promote a Boycott of China's Goods;
7. Because a democratic system of government needs to exist in China; and
8. Because Eastern Turkestan, Southern Mongolia, and Taiwan also should be
independent countries.

The Indiana Tibetan Association and the Regional Tibetan Youth
Congress-Minnesota are assisting ITIM with the coordination of this year's

ITIM was co-founded in 1995 by Taktser Rinpoche and Professor Larry Gerstein
to obtain Tibet's independence through non-violent methods. While ITIM is
headquartered in Indiana, there are over 10,000 supporters of this
organization worldwide.
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