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Serial protest at Chicago Chinese consulate
Phayul - May 05, 2009 11:34
By Tenzin Dasel

Phil Berkman, photo/Tenzin Dasel
Chicago, May 4: The Tibetan community of Chicago has been on a chain protest at the Chinese Consulate since the 20th birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima. The chain protest will go on for a whole year until the missing Panchen Lama’s 21st Birthday.

Tenzin Jamyang the President of the Tibetan Community in Chicago said “Our primary idea is to make American people aware of the worsening situation in Tibet. There are people from Wisconsin who are also volunteering in this chain protest at the Chinese consulate and we hope more will join from neighboring states”.

The protest is expected to highlight the issue of Panchen Lama who along with his parents were put under house arrest three days after he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on May 14, 1995.

Phil Berkman, an educator, an artist and a Tibet supporter, decided to protest at the Chinese consulate on Mondays for a year. He believes the atrocities are still being committed and the situation in Tibet hasn’t gone better. Berkman said he learned a lot of things about Tibet from the Tibetan American community of Chigago.

Regarding the Chinese allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama being a “separatist” Phil said, “ I think he is a unifier and he is trying to bring people together, how many of us in our country could call an imperial power brothers and sisters which is what he did and that’s very difficult to do”. He affirms it is the nature and the essence of Buddhist spirituality to forgive.