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Image: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press
Jigme Norbu son of the late Taktser Rinpoche, brother of the Dalai Lama, has completed a 900-mile walk across the United States to protest against China’s suppression of Tibet. The gruelling journey took four-weeks and was carried-out in part as a tribute to his father, former Professor of Tibetan Studies at Bloomington, and advocate of Tibetan independence,who died in September at 86. “He was a big inspiration…..he fought almost his whole life.” said Jigme.
On finishing the “Walk for Tibet,” Jigme Norbu led a demonstration on Saturday in front of the Chinese consulate on Manhattan’s West Side. The walk commenced at Indianapolis on March 10, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Lhasa Uprising against Chinese rule. The march covered about 30 miles per day passing through Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Despite the difficulties of the walk Jigme was aided by the thought of his compatriots inside Tibet: “When I walked, I thought of my people – how they’re suffering, what they’ve been through” . Throughout there had been tremendous support from people, “Our supporters were Americans, people who live in communities that gave me water, food, housing, money,” said Jigme
We have just launched a video series called Bhod Rangzen-In Our Voice in which ordinary Tibetans express their feelings on the issue of Tibetan independence. The films were taken in Northern India and the border regions of Tibet. We are most grateful to all those who contributed, it is not an easy act for any Tibetan to stand-up in front of a camera and speak from the heart, on an issue of such importance, particularly within a Tibetan society which can be unforgivingly conservative and conformist. Some felt too shy, or worried about possible consequences for relatives inside Tibet, others were concered at appearing disloyal towards their exiled government. Some contributors chose to speak only if they were concealed. That these Tibetans spoke-out will hopefully generate discussion and encourage others to stand up for Tibetan independence.
The films can be seen HERE or at: