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2011 "March for Tibet's Independence"

March 18, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ngawang Norbu (; 781-572-5611) or Larry Gerstein (; 317-506-2249)

FISHERS, Ind. - On this 52nd Anniversary of China's illegal and brutal occupation of Tibet, the International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM) announces it will once again lead a 90+ mile "March for Tibet's Independence" beginning from Orleans (Cape Cod), Massachusetts at 9am on July 19, 2011. The walk will conclude with a demonstration at 1pm in front of the Massachusetts State House (Park & Beacon Streets) in Boston on July 24, 2011.

A group of 15-20 Tibetans and others from different parts of the United States will complete this walk. The Tibetan Association of Boston will assist with the coordination of this walk.

This is the 16th major 'March' or 'Bicycle Ride' for Tibet's independence organized by ITIM since 1995. ITIM walkers and bike riders have compiled greater than 3,7590 miles in more than 360 days!

According to Ngawang Norbu (ITIM Board Member), "We are walking in Massachusetts this year because of its significance in the history of the United States. In the 17th Century, the Pilgrims fled England aboard the Mayflower to escape unthinkable religious persecution. On December 11, 1620, they landed on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Their landing represents the initial founding of the United States. Like the Pilgrims, we Tibetans in exile escaped persecution to obtain our freedom. Unlike the Pilgrims, however, we will return to our native country by reestablishing our freedom in an independent Tibet. This year we will walk through Plymouth, Massachusetts mindful of the extreme suffering and courage of the Pilgrims and the Tibetans inside of Tibet that have given their lives for Tibet's independence."

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;

4. Because Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and other Tibetans continue to be imprisoned;

5. To promote a Boycott of China's Goods;

6. Because a democratic system of government needs to exist in China; and

7. Because Eastern Turkestan, Southern Mongolia, and Taiwan also should be independent countries.

ITIM was co-founded in 1995 by Taktser Rinpoche (His Holiness The Dalai Lama's oldest brother) 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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