Cyclist brings Tibetan rights campaign to India

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DHARMSALA, India (AP) - A 42-year-old Tibetan has arrived at the headquarters of the government-in-exile in India after cycling through Europe and Asia in a campaign protesting China's heavy-handed rule in the Himalayan region.

Scores of people lined the streets of northern Indian town of Dharmsala on Saturday waving Tibetan flags and ceremonial silk scarves as they greeted Rinpo Yak.

He reached India cycling through Nepal. Beginning in March, he moved through 14 European countries before flying to Japan for the Asian leg. His journey has covered over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

He lives in the United States and he has spread his message across 40 states since 2000.

He is due to meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama soon.

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