NEW YORK (AP) – The Dalai Lama’s nephew has walked 900 miles from Indiana to New York City to protest what he calls Chinese suppression of Tibetans.

Jigme Norbu (JIG’-me NOHR’-boo) led a rally Saturday afternoon outside the Chinese consulate in Manhattan. His feet are blistered after the four-week “Walk for Tibet.”

The walk coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Tibetans’ uprising against Chinese rule. It ended Friday.

Norbu is the son of the late Taktser Rinpoche (ren-POH’-che), a lama who fought for Tibetan rights along with his brother the Dalai Lama.

A telephone message seeking comment from the Chinese consulate hasn’t been returned.

China claims Tibet as part of its territory, but many Tibetans say Chinese rule deprives them of religious freedom and autonomy. Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of pushing for Tibetan independence and fomenting anti-Chinese protests.

AP-ES-04-18-09 1830EDT


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