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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Tibetan protester visits 22 countries on motorbike

October 29, 2010

The Associated Press
October 28, 2010

DHARMSALA, India -- Tibetan exiles in India
cheered a New York-based Tibetan as he arrived by
motorcycle Thursday after traveling through 22
countries to call for his homeland's independence.

Chanting slogans demanding that China free Tibet,
dozens of Tibetan refugees, also on motorbikes,
greeted Lhakpa Tsering when he reached the
outskirts of Dharmsala, where the spiritual
leader the Dalai Lama has been living since he fled Tibet in 1959.

They escorted Tsering, 41, to a school where was
brought up as an orphan 40 years ago.

He set out from New York on March 10 last year -
the 50th anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan
uprising against Chinese rule - after new
anti-government riots erupted in Tibet.

"I thought somebody had to make Tibetan people's
voice heard. I decided to go around the world
telling people about our plight," Tsering said.

"It was a very fulfilling tour. I was successful
in what I set out to do - to tell people about
the illegal occupation of Tibet by China," Tsering said.

Tsering's mother made the arduous journey to
India from Tibet through the Himalayas when she
was six months pregnant. He was born in exile in India.

His parents died when he was an infant and he was
brought up in the orphanage in Dharmsala.
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