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Dalai Lama nephew walks 900 miles to NYC for Tibet

April 20, 2009

By VERENA DOBNIK
The Associated Press
April 18, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dalai Lama's nephew has
walked 900 miles from Indiana to New York City to
protest what he calls Chinese suppression of Tibetans.

Jigme Norbu (JIG'-me NOHR'-boo) led a rally
Saturday afternoon outside the Chinese consulate
in Manhattan. His feet are blistered after the four-week "Walk for Tibet."

The walk coincided with the 50th anniversary of
the Tibetans' uprising against Chinese rule. It ended Friday.

Norbu is the son of the late Taktser Rinpoche
(ren-POH'-che), a lama who fought for Tibetan
rights along with his brother the Dalai Lama.

A telephone message seeking comment from the
Chinese consulate hasn't been returned.

China claims Tibet as part of its territory, but
many Tibetans say Chinese rule deprives them of
religious freedom and autonomy. Beijing accuses
the Dalai Lama of pushing for Tibetan
independence and fomenting anti-Chinese protests.

(This version CORRECTS spelling to Taktser sted Takster; will be led.)
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