Latest March for Tibet's Independence Concludes
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!