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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Latest March for Tibet's Independence Concludes

Accompanied by dozens of local Tibetans and supporters, twenty-some tired, sweaty and sore activists limped into Dag Hammerskold Plaza across from the U.N. around noon today, officially concluding their walk from Boston to New York, International Tibet Independence Movement's (ITIM) latest "March for Tibet's Independence."

After some slogan-shouting and the singing of the Tibetan National Anthem, all of the walkers introduced themselves and received khatas. There were speeches by, among others, ITIM's president Larry Gerstein and by Jigme Norbu, the son of Taktser Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama's older brother who has never wavered from his insistence that Tibetans continue to seek complete independence. Larry and Jigme la and his patriotic father and ITIM Board members and supporters and the walkers, not just this march but all of them (ten marches in about as many years? ...and this was a short one) deserve admiration for their commitment to the Tibetan cause.

I was also invited to give a speech. I basically said, hey, we have almost exactly three years until the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chinese Gov't thinks it's their big opportunity to come out as the open, progressive, happy, new and improved One China. We say our big opportunity to create a real political crisis for them on the eve of the Games, while they squirm uncomfortably in the bright hot spotlight.

I think the speech went over pretty well because no one seemed to mind that I was basically soaking wet. Uhg, it was the hottest, most humid day in NYC yet this year. Nasty. Well, small complaints in the scheme of things, eh? Yes. Onward!

3 Comments:

  • At 6:45 AM, Blogger tendor said…

    Way to go, Han. There's already a contingent of people here in Dharamsala who's dead bent on doing the 'real deal' march. As more people join this march, the Nepal-Tibet border police will have quite a handful to handle in 2008.

     
  • At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Beijing Olympics is less than three years away and it's time to call China to account. China continues to occupy Tibet and to imprison and torture Tibetans. I've made a pledge to set up and run the Tibet Urgent Response Network (TURN) to bring together activists prepared to write, phone and email governments, MPs, businesses and media to raise the profile of Tibet. Please help, I need 100 people to sign up at http://www.pledgebank.com/Tibetresponse

     
  • At 8:54 PM, Anonymous Amalia said…

    Han, the speech was kickass. :-) really motivating. And yes, damn it was hot out.

     

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