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Tibet Must Be Independent: 2009 Walk for Tibet

November 21, 2008

The International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM)
November 18, 2008

FISHERS, Ind. -­ The International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM)
is coordinating yet another "March for Tibet's Independence"
beginning on the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in Lhasa,
March 10, 2009. The walk starts in Indiana and ends approximately ten
weeks later at China's Consulate in New York.

Jigme Norbu (son of the late Taktser Rinpoche and nephew of His
Holiness The Dalai Lama) will be the sole walker except for the
beginning and end of the walk where others are encouraged to join.
Norbu stated, "I will walk to honor my father who spent his entire
life fighting for Tibet's independence and greatly inspiring people
worldwide to stand up for the right of Tibetans to rule their own
country. I will also walk to honor my 1.2 million Tibetan brothers
and sisters who died in Tibet struggling for Rangzen. Now it is
becoming even more apparent that Tibetans and others have recognized
that independence must be achieved to secure the bright future of
Tibet, the preservation of Tibetan culture and religion, and the
genuine and sustained freedom and human rights of the Tibetan people.
I will walk until we achieve our independence and once again freely
occupy our homeland."

ITIM is organizing this walk to clearly communicate, yet again, to
the leaders of China that Tibet must be independent and that it will
never accept any other solution to resolve this conflict.

Additionally, this walk is designed to educate people about the
situation in Tibet, to demand the release of Gendhun Choekyi Nyima
(The Panchen Lama), Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, and other Tibetan
prisoners, to speak out for democracy in China, and to advocate for
Eastern Turkestan, Southern Mongolia, and Taiwan's independence.

This is the 15th major 'March' or 'Bicycle Ride' for Tibet's
independence organized by the ITIM since 1995. ITIM walkers and bike
riders have compiled 3,625 miles in more than 355 days!

For more information, contact Professor Larry Gerstein
(rangzen@aol.com; 317-506-2249).

ITIM was co-founded in 1995 by Taktser Rinpoche and Larry Gerstein to
obtain Tibet's independence through non-violent methods. While ITIM
is headquartered in Indiana, there are over 10,000 supporters of this
organization worldwide.

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