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March for Tibet’s Independence 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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March for Independence

Free Tibet marchers make their way to Elkhorn, July 2008. (© Photo by Terry Mayer, The Week)

The International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM) will lead yet another “March for Tibet’s Independence.” This year’s 150-mile walk begins with a demonstration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia (143 South 3rd Street) at 9am on July 4, 2010. The walk will proceed through Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C., concluding with another demonstration in front of China’s Embassy (3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008) at 11am on July 13, 2010.

July 4th is the Anniversary of the United States’ succession or independence from England. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Philadelphia are striking symbols of this country’s independence. In fact, Independence Hall is considered the birthplace of the United States. This year’s walk for Tibet begins at this historic Hall because Tibetans want independence for their country as well. A group of 15-20 Tibetans and others from different parts of 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), “Fifty-one years is a long time for an individual, but not that 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 very 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 and other Tibetans continue to be 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, and the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress-Minnesota are assisting ITIM with the coordination of this year’s walk.

For more information:

Ngawang Norbu
International Tibet Independence Movement

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  • avatar Tenpa Gapshi says:

    Wow! I don’t think people truely understand how difficult a journey and walk it is. I did one day and I was beat. I think everybody should do at least one day and then they will understand how hard it really is. They have my admiration and heartfelt gratitude.

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