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Philadelphia to DC "March for Tibet’s Independence"

July 1, 2010

Phayul
June 29, 2010

Dharamsala, June 29 -- The International Tibet
Independence Movement (ITIM) will lead a 150 mile
"March for Tibet’s Independence" beginning July 4
with a demonstration at Independence Hall in
Philadelphia, a press release from the ITIM said.

The walk will pass through Pennsylvania,
Delaware, and Maryland, and conclude at Chinese
Embassy in Washington DC on July 13 with another demonstration.

Larry Gerstein of the ITIM said that they have
chosen July 4th because of its significance as
the Anniversary of the United States’ succession
or independence from England. "The Liberty Bell
and Independence Hall are striking symbols of
this country’s independence. In fact,
Independence Hall is considered the birthplace of
the United States. This year’s walk begins at
this historic Hall because Tibetans want
independence for their country as well," added
Larry Gerstein. Several Tibetans and supporters
from around the United States are expected to take part in this walk.

This is the 15th major ‘March’ or ‘Bicycle Ride’
for Tibet’s independence organized by ITIM since
1995. ITIM walkers and bike riders have compiled
greater than 3,600 miles in more than 350 days.

According to Ngawang Norbu (ITIM Board Member),
"It has been 51 years since China brutally and
illegally occupied our country. This is a long
time for an individual, but not long for a
nation. We must be patient and work hard, if
necessary, for another 51 years to achieve
independence for our country, Tibet. If there is
a sunset, there is also a sunrise. Right now is a
dark period for Tibet, but the sun will
definitely rise again and Tibet will be free."

The ITIM, founded in 1995 by late Taktser
Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama's oldest brother demands
independence for Tibet, a position that is
different from that of the meaningful autonomy
for Tibet proposed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and later adopted as a policy by the exile
Tibetan government. ITIM boasts of over 5,000 supporters worldwide.

The Indiana Tibetan Association, Tibetan
Association of Philadelphia, Capitol Area Tibetan
Association, Capitol Area Regional Tibetan Youth
Congress, and Regional Tibetan Youth
Congress-Minnesota are assisting with this walk.
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