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Tibet Protesters Walk 230 Miles from NYC to Speak to Congress

April 1, 2008

ITIM
March 30, 2008

NEW YORK, NY. Protesters are walking 230 miles from NYC to Washington DC
starting March 30, 2008, to ask Congress for help with the Tibet crisis.
  The walk is expected to take about 14 days, and the walkers hope to
raise awareness of the Tibetan crisis.

On Sunday, March 30th, at 12:00 noon, 8 individuals will begin a
230-mile walk from the Chinese Consulate in New York City to speak with
the Congress in Washington, DC about the plight of the Tibetan people.
The goal of the walk, which is expected to take approximately 14 days,
is to raise awareness of Tibet's current crisis, and to ask Congress for
help with the ongoing oppression of Tibetans in their homeland and
around the world.

Violence erupted in Tibet after monks staged protests on March 10, the
anniversary of a failed uprising against China.  Since then, 140 Tibetan
civilians have been killed, and at least 660 protesters have been
jailed.  In addition, Tibetan citizens are virtual prisoners in their
own homes, with limited access to food and other necessities. The
conditions of Tibetan natives are extremely poor, and are rapidly
deteriorating.

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has been accused by the
Chinese government of masterminding the violent protests. The Dalai
Lama, meanwhile, has called for an end to violence, and has threatened
to resign his position if Tibetan demonstrators continue to use
violence.  The New York protest walkers are calling for justice and are
requesting a dialogue between The Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.
  It is their hope that they will be joined by others during the course
of the walk to Washington.

The protest walkers are Yeshi, Jigmee Lodir Rinpoche, Tsi Chum, Rik Zin,
De Chen, Zo Pa, Dar Jee, and Mikell Bursky.  Bursky is a 19-year-old
American from Nyack, NY, who feels that it's time to put personal goals
aside in order to do what he feels is right.  "The suffering has to
stop," he declared, speaking of the crisis facing Tibetans around the world.

Contact Information: Yeshi (team leader), (845) 480-2996; Mikell Bursky
(845) 642-9061\
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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