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Marchers walk towards India's last township near the border

June 14, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
June 12, 2008 15:09]

Group photo with the Panch Chuli mountains in the background. (Photo
courtesy of TPUM)
New Delhi, June 12 - After authorities allowed marchers to resume
their peaceful march further towards the Tibetan border, 50 marchers
along with their leaders are now treading towards Dharchula, one of
the last Indian townships before reaching the Tibetan border.
Covering an average of 20 kilometers a day, the marchers are expected
to enter Dharchula on 17th June prior to the Olympic torch's arrival
in Lhasa, Tibet.

The 265 detained marchers who were earlier transported to Paonta
Sahib, at the border of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have been
released. There is no confirmation yet whether they will re-join
their group and go ahead with the march.

Obstacles are inevitable as the marchers draw closer to the
Indo-Tibet border. Authorities are monitoring and scrutinizing every
action of the marchers.
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