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Exiles start Walk for Tibet in Taiwan

December 13, 2010

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Dec 10, 2010

Taipei - The nephew of the Dalai Lama started a Walk for Tibet Friday in Taiwan to raise public awareness about China's poor human rights record in the region.

About 50 Tibetan exiles and supporters gathered in central Taipei to see Jime Norbu begin the trek, which is to end in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on December 23.

A dozen Tibetans are walking with Norbu while other supporters are to join him on different sections of the trek.

Along the way, they plan to show films and give talks about the lives of Tibetans under Chinese rule.

'We start the walk in Taiwan today because today is the world Human Rights Day and it is the day when the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989,' Norbu, son of the Dalai Lama's elder brother Thubten Jigme Norbu, told reporters.

'We dedicate this walk to the millions of Tibetans who have died in peaceful protests against China's occupation since 1959 and want to call on the whole world to support this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, China's jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo,' he said.

The Walk for Tibet was launched in Indianapolis in 1995 by the US-based Tubten Jime Norbu, who died in 2008.

Since then, Tibetan exiles in the United States and other countries have staged a Walk for Tibet or Bike for Tibet every year.
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