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"March for Tibet's Independence: Launched in Madison on July 25

July 23, 2008

Press Release
ITIM
July 21, 2008

Contact: Professor Larry Gerstein (rangzen@aol.com; 317-506-2249)

FISHERS, Ind. - A 185 mile "March for Tibet's Independence" begins at
12pm at the Capitol Building (4 East Capitol Square) in Madison,
Wisconsin on July 25 and concludes at China's Consulate in Chicago on
August 8. The conclusion of the walk coincides with the opening of
the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Tibetans and their supporters from
Wisconsin, other regions of the United States, and India will
participate. The walk route proceeds east from Madison to Kenosha.

Wisconsin State Representatives Joseph Parisi and Spencer Black will
be featured speakers at the 12pm kickoff rally being held at the
Wisconsin Capitol Building.

Jigme Norbu (son of Taktser Rinpoche and nephew of His Holiness The
Dalai Lama) will walk. Norbu stated, "We have not achieved my
father's lifelong dream of restoring Tibet's independence. I will
continue to do whatever is necessary to achieve his dream and to
voice the desires of my 6 million brothers and sisters inside Tibet
who only want independence and who continue to demonstrate this
desire in spite of the brutal force they experience at the hands of
China's military and police."

According to Lobsang Tenzing, President-Wisconsin Tibetan
Association, "This walk will educate the citizens of our great State
about the horrific conditions inside of Tibet, the cruelty of China's
government, and the genuine desires of Tibetans to peacefully resolve
the Tibet-China dispute. Our citizens will also learn the
implications for the United States of China's rise as a super power."

The Venerable Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Monk, will also walk. Gyatso
is in his late 70's and he served 33 years as a political prisoner of
China. Since being released, Gyatso has traveled the world advocating
for Tibet, and participated in many hunger strikes and walks. Gyatso
will begin walking on July 27 and he will participate until the conclusion.

This is the 14th major 'March' or 'Bicycle Ride' for Tibet's
independence organized by the International Tibet Independence
Movement (ITIM) since 1995. ITIM walkers and bike riders have
compiled 3,440 miles in more than 340 days!

The Wisconsin Tibetan Association and the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
are assisting with the coordination of this walk.

ITIM was co-founded in 1995 by Taktser Rinpoche 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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