August 12, 2005
The core group will begin walking at 8am from the Bronx Zoo and will cross the 3rd Avenue Bridge into Manhattan at 10am. At this time (10am), this group will be met at 128th Street and Lexington Avenue by hundreds of Tibetans and supporters who will walk the final miles of this 15-day “March” to the United Nations. Leaders of the Taiwanese and Mongolian independence movements will participate in this walk for Tibet, Eastern Turkestan, Southern Mongolia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong's independence. At 12pm, a rally will take place at the United Nations followed by a demonstration at China's Embassy.
The International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM) coordinated
this “March for Tibet's Independence,” with the close assistance
of the Tibetan Association of Boston and the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress-New
York and New Jersey.
Over 50 Tibetan and non-Tibetan organizers from around the world co-sponsored this peaceful action to return Tibet to the Tibetans, including the World Federation of Taiwanese Associations, Hong Kong Independence Movement, Hong Konger Front, Independence Party of Taiwan, Taiwanese Association of America-U.S.A., World United Formosans for Independence-U.S.A., and Formosan Association for Public Affairs.
When asked why he was once again participating in a walk for Tibet's independence, Tsewang Rigzin (ITIM Board Member) stated, “It's high time that the United Nations and the international community pay attention and support returning Tibet to the Tibetans. For the past 15 days of this walk, we became even more aware of the widespread and clear support of the American people to accomplish this goal.”
According to Jigme Norbu (son of Taktser Rinpoche), “the
extensive involvement of the young Tibetan teenagers in this walk should send
a strong and unambiguous message to China's government that the next generation
is prepared to continue the fight to reclaim the Land of the Snow Lion for the
We will not rest until Tibet is independent once again.”