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Miss Tibet Launches Signature Campaign

August 21, 2010

The Tibet Post International (TPI)
August 14, 2010

Dharamshala -- Tenzin Norzom, Kingfisher Miss Tibet 2010, joined a
signature campaign with activists in Dharamshala on Friday,
protesting China's oppression in Tibet.

As a part of the drive, signatures of the people who support the
Tibetan Movement are being collected on a big scroll. The banner will
be later presented to the UN Secretary General, reported by Asia News
Inernational.

"Firstly, as Miss Tibet, I have the responsibility towards the Tibet
cause. When I saw a non-Tibetan people contributing his blood for
Tibetan freedom, it really inspired me. I came to know him after I
got my title. So, it really inspired me. I just feel like working
with him for the Tibetan cause," said Norzom.

Mahesh Yadav, an Indian activist who joined the signature campaign,
has been making portraits of various world leaders with his own blood
for the past fourteen years.

Yadav painted a portrait of the US President Barack Obama, appealing
for Tibet's freedom.

"My blood is devoted to the freedom of Tibet, the support is
important for the independence of Tibet. I am going to appeal the
whole world with this message. I have painted Barack Obama's portrait
using my own blood. And this is a message to save humanity. We have
appealed the US President to save Tibet, because Dalai Lama is
fighting for non-violence," said Yadav.

Meanwhile, a group of Tibetan volunteers launched a website to
campaign for a candidate, Lobsang Sangay, for the ensuing polls to
elect the Tibetan Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) -in-exile.

"We have just launched a website called kaluntripa.org and this is to
campaign for Dr. Lobsang Sangay. He is a Harvard law graduate and
currently working in Harvard Law University. So, many young Tibetans
in exile would like to see him as next Prime Minister of the Tibet
Government in exile," said Lobsang Wangyal.

An estimated 80,000 Tibetans arrived in India along with His Holiness
the Dalai Lama after an abortive uprising against the Chinese rule in
1959 and over the years their numbers have swelled.
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