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Philadelphia to DC "March for Tibet's Independence"

June 29, 2010

The International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM)
June 28, 2010

Contact: Ngawang Norbu (; 781-572-5611 cell) or
Professor Larry Gerstein (; 317-506-2249 cell)

FISHERS, Ind.- The International Tibet
Independence Movement (ITIM) will lead a 150 mile
"March for Tibet's Independence"  beginning at
9am on July 4 with a demonstration at
Independence Hall in Philadelphia (143 South 3rd
St) (Route: The walk proceeds
through Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland,
concluding at China's Embassy (3505 International
Place NW, Washington DC) at 11am on July 13 with a demonstration.

July 4th is the Anniversary of the United States'
succession or independence from England. The
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are striking
symbols of this country's independence. In fact,
Independence Hall is considered the birthplace of
the United States. This year's walk begins at
this historic Hall because Tibetans want
independence for their country as well. A group
of 15-20 Tibetans and others from around the
United States will complete this walk.

This is the 15th major 'March' or 'Bicycle Ride'
for Tibet's independence organized by ITIM since
1995. ITIM walkers and bike riders have compiled
greater than 3,600 miles in more than 350 days!

According to Ngawang Norbu (ITIM Board Member),
"It has been 51 years since China brutally and
illegally occupied our country. This is a long
time for an individual, but not long for a
nation. We must be patient and work hard, if
necessary, for another 51 years to achieve
independence for our country, Tibet. If there is
a sunset, there is also a sunrise. Right now is a
dark period for Tibet, but the sun will
definitely rise again and Tibet will be FREE!”

Why does ITIM continue to organize yearly walks for Tibet?

1. Because Tibet is still not independent;
2. To give voice to the Tibetans inside of Tibet
who desire their freedom and experience
unthinkable conditions on a daily basis;
3. Because Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, The Panchen Lama, is still missing;
4. Because Tenzin Delek Rinpoche & other Tibetans are still imprisoned;
5. To promote a Boycott of China's Goods;
6. Because a democratic system of government needs to exist in China; and
7. Because Eastern Turkestan, Southern Mongolia,
and Taiwan also should be independent countries.

The Indiana Tibetan Association, Tibetan
Association of Philadelphia, Capitol Area Tibetan
Association, Capitol Area Regional Tibetan Youth
Congress, and Regional Tibetan Youth
Congress-Minnesota are assisting with this walk.

ITIM was co-founded in 1995 by Taktser Rinpoche
(Oldest brother of The Dalai Lama) and Larry
Gerstein to obtain Tibet's independence through
non-violent methods. There are over 5,000 supporters of ITIM worldwide.
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