Tashi Deek! The first day of the March for Tibet's Independence was very
successful. Twenty-two Tibetans walked including one from Boston, one from
Minnesota, three from Chicago, and 17 from Indiana. Also, two Westerners walked and
one Vietnamese individual. There was great press coverage. The local CBS
affiliate was present and a piece was broadcast on the evening news. Two newspapers
were present and a local radio station. Further, the walkers were interviewed
by VOA, RFA, and VOT.
While it rained very hard all day, the spirit of the walkers remained very
strong. During the 13 mile walk, the walkers stopped for a presentation at a
local university. The talk was well received.
For your information, Ngawang Norbu, one of the core walkers, is a long time
Rangzen fighter. Another of the walkers, Tenzin Jamyang, was a hunger strike
in front of the U.N. in 1995. Lastly, Pasang, a third core walker, is the
father of one of the bike riders who took part in the Ride for Tibet's Independence
from DC to Toronto this past April. The leader of the walk is Jigme Norbu,
son of Taktser Rinpoche (oldest brother of His Holiness The Dalai Lama).