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Montrealer marches with Tibetan refugees

June 13, 2008

The Gazette (Montreal, Canada)
June 11, 2008

Montrealer Michael Willcock rejoined a group of Tibetan refugees this
week on a protest march to China from India.

Willcock began travelling with the group on March 10 but was forced
to flee after a police raid on May 23. Willcock managed to escape and
take shelter at a nearby monastery.

Willcock plans to produce a film about the march. The marchers, many
of whom were expelled from Tibet in 1959, are marching to protest
China's rule governing the region.

Last week, 265 marchers were arrested by Indian authorities. There
are now about 50 marchers, and they are making their way to the town
of Dharchula, the closest town to the India-Tibet border.

"We don't know what's going to happen when they reach Dharchula,"
Willcock said via cellphone from India yesterday. "They could all be
arrested. For now, it seems like the authorities are letting them
march. There is an optimism among the marchers  that they will
actually reach Tibet."

Willcock said it's unclear what Chinese authorities will do when the
group reaches the border. The group speculates, they could be
arrested or shot at.
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