Ball State University professor leads independence movement

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Ball State University professor says his campaign for Tibetan independence is drawing new support with the recent anti-China protests in the mountainous Asian nation.

Larry Gerstein serves as president of the 10,000-member International Tibet Independence Movement. It has worked since the late 1980s to free Tibetans from Chinese government rule.

More than 8,000 people from Gerstein's group and other pro-Tibetan groups are expected to arrive in San Francisco by Tuesday. That's when the Olympic torch reaches the city for its brief tour in America before the Summer Games in Beijing.

Gerstein, a Fishers resident, says the recent uprising in Tibet has really inspired pro-independence advocates because it shows Tibetans still strive for freedom.

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