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NYC Observes Panchen Lama's Birthday

April 27, 2009

April 26, 2009

New York, April 25 -- Tibetans and supporters
gathered at the United Nations today to
participate in a birthday that is not celebrated
but observed with sadness since 1995 when the
Panchen Lama recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama was abducted by China.

Panchen Lama turns twenty today but it is not
known where is he being held and China never
divulge any information about the young Tibetan
Lama or his health conditions. Ngawang Tashi made
his first address as the newly elected president
of 10th Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey.

Tibetans and supporters shouted slogans demanding
the release of the Panchen Lama and human rights,
freedom and equality for Tibetans in front of the United Nations.

Around 200 protesters walked from the United
Nations plaza towards the Chinese Consulate. The
gathering sang the Tibetan National Anthem and
the Tibetan uprising song to conclude the event.
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