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More than 2,500 Ladakhis & Tibetans took part in Freedom Torch relay

August 11, 2008

Ladakh saw one of the biggest gatherings ever on the 8th August when
Tibetan Freedom Torch arrives at this autonomous hill region. A mass
gathering and a procession rally was organised by Himalayan Committee
for Action of Tibet (HIMCAT) in association with Regional Tibetan
Youth Congress (RTYC) and Regional Tibetan Women's Association. 2500
Tibetans and ladakhis took part in the Freedom Torch relay.
International Tibet Support Network - South Asia
August 9, 2008

The day began at 8 am at Spituk where Jhangtse Choejhe Rah Rinpoche,
who will become the next Gaden Tripa, the highest gelug lineage
holder, lighted the torch and carried it till outside of the Spituk
monastery and handed over to Chapche Khenpo Rinpoche of Thiktse
Monastery. Then Many eminent figures of Ladakh Hill Region such as
the head of Ladakh Buddhist Association (Retd DIG) Mr. Lobsang
Rinchen, Ven. Choedak of Ladakh Gonpa Association, Singer and actor
Mr. Phonsok Ladakhi, President HIMCAT Mr. Tashi Dhargye Dembir,
Executive Councillor of Health Mr. Dorjee Mgodup, Executive
Councillor for Forest Mr. Mohd. Khan and Mr. Nazir, President Ladakh
Muslim Association along with many scholars and prominent citizens
carried the torch through out Leh Bazaar.

The relay culminated at Polo Ground and many of them gave very
inspiring and emotional speeches relating the two communities of
Tibetans and Ladakhis who share many common cultural heritages.

On behalf of all the Tibetans in Ladakh region, Mr. Chemi of RTYC
gave very inspiring speech both in Tibetan and Ladakhis.

The oath ceremony delivered by Jhangtse Choejhe Rah Rinpoche was an
emotional sight to been seen, people repeating it with choked voice
and moistened eyes. The oath was translated into Tibetan/Ladakhi
language. That is why emotion were oozing from everybody's heart.

Every Ladakhi was saluting and paying great tribute to the Tibetans
inside Tibet who are facing the harsh and inhuman atrocities in the
hands of communist regime of China, and their hope and support in the
leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is unparallel.

HIMCAT members were particularly happy for the ITSN for its
consideration in bringing the torch, on its last leg in India, to
Ladakh on the border of occupied Tibet. They are enthusiastic and
optimistic that one day they will carry the same torch into a Free
Tibet starting the torch journey from Ladakh.

Phonsok Ladakhis' Uprising Song 'Longsho' literally inspired the
whole crowd to get up and say 'Bodme tso longsho'.


Regional Coordinator South Asia
International Tibet Support Network
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