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Tibetan Uprising Movement Mobilizing in Chicago

March 12, 2008

March 9, 2008
International Tibet Independence Movement

Chicago, IL - Tibetans and their supporters from Chicago, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan will mark the 49th anniversary of the
1959 National Uprising against China's occupation of Tibet on March
10th with a walk beginning at Water Tower Place at 10:30am.

Hundreds of walkers will transverse Michigan Avenue and will then
proceed to China's Consulate (100 West Erie) where they will stage a
massive demonstration starting at 12pm.

Accompanying the walkers will be giant puppets designed to look like
Tibetans. In India, on March 10th, Tibetans will launch a historic
walk to return back to Tibet. The puppets in Chicago will represent
the walkers returning to Tibet.

"We stand here to project what Tibetans in Tibet are not allowed to
express, which is to regain their basic human rights," said Pema
Rinzin, President- Tibetan Alliance of Chicago.

This action is also designed to demonstrate strong solidarity and
support for the Tibetan People's Uprising Movement and to shine the
Olympic spotlight on China's ongoing occupation of Tibet and worsening
human rights record.

According to Tenzin Tsetan, Chapter Coordinator of Madison Students
for a Free Tibet, "We Tibetans stand unified worldwide against China's
illegal occupation of our homeland and for human rights throughout
China. The human rights conditions are worsening in this time prior to
the Olympics, and the world community must hold China accountable."

"Independence is the only solution for Tibet. Throughout the world on
March 10th, Tibetans and their supporters are standing up once again
to express their commitment to this outcome," stated Professor Larry
Gerstein, President-International Tibet Independence Movement.

This event is organized by the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago, Wisconsin
Tibetan Association, Students for a Free Tibet, International Tibet
Independence Movement, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress-Minnesota, and
TIBETMichigan.
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