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Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay begins its Indian leg

July 13, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
July 10, 2008

New Delhi, July 10 - The Core Group for Tibetan Cause organized a
reception at Jantar Mantar to host the Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay's
arrival in India today. The torch was lit by Lama Choephel Zoepa of
the Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet at Samtha Sthal in
presence of renowned Indian cricketer Kirti Azad and MP Kiren Rijiju
from Arunachal Pradesh. This was followed by the oath taking ceremony
led by Kirti Azad.

Addressing the media, MP Kiren Rijiju said, "We are gathered here
because the issue of Tibet has been raised in every corner of the
world today. For us the Beijing Olympics is being organized by
suppressing human values and the spirit of the Games. You cannot have
an Olympics where you butcher the rights of the Tibetan people. We
have to make the Chinese government understand that they cannot
bulldoze the rights of the people and continue to climb the ladder of
world power".

The torch was taken through the streets of New Delhi and received
warmly at Jantar Mantar after a six kilometer walk from Samtha Sthal.
Torch bearers included National Convener Dr. NK Trikha from the Core
Group for Tibetan Cause and other young Tibetans. Key members spoke
about the significance of the Tibetan Freedom Torch Relay which
stands for hope and aspiration of the Tibetan people for freedom,
justice and the commitment of people around the world to help achieve
this goal.

Actress and social activist Nafisa Ali, Journalist and long time
friend of Tibet Vijay Kranti, Dr. NK Trikha, Tsering Choedup,
Coordinator of the India Tibet Support Network, Mahesh Chadha from
Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, MP Choekyong Wangchuk and MP Acharya
Yeshi Phuntsok from the Tibetan Government in Exile were among the
speakers at today's event.

The Tibetan Freedom Torch began its journey in Greece March 10, 2008
and since toured more than fifty cities across America, Canada,
Mexico, Europe, New Zealand, Taiwan and Uruguay before reaching India
on July 9. The Indian leg of the relay is set to take off from Delhi
today and ends August 8 in Ladakh after a month long journey through
28 major cities in India.
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