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    » 06/21/2012, 00.00

    TIBET - CHINA

    Another two young Tibetans commit self-immolation to protest against Beijing, one dies



    Ngawang Norpel, 22, and Tenzin Khedup, 24, set themselves on fire in Trindu County, Qinghai province. The two invoked the independence of Tibet and wished "long life" to the Dalai Lama. The conditions of the young man who survived are uncertain. In a brief video, images of the fire.

    Dharamsala (AsiaNews) - Two young Tibetans set themselves on fire yesterday in Trindu County, a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP) of Jyekundo, Qinghai Province. Confirmation comes from activist groups and official Chinese media, that one of the two men died and the second was seriously injured. Before commiting self-immolation, they invoked the independence of Tibet and "long life" to their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama (click here to see the video, broadcast by Voice of America). In recent days, meanwhile, a Tibetan monk died in Chinese prisons as a result of torture by police officers; Karwang, 36, was accused of hanging posters glorifying the independence of Tibet and was awaiting trial.

    Sources from the Tibetan Youth Congress reported that Norpel Ngawang, 22, and Tenzin Khedup, 24 (pictured) set themselves on fire at around 3:30 pm local time in the town of Zatoe, waving Tibetan flags and chanting slogans and anthems. Khedup, a shepherd, died immediately, while Norpel - an immigrant carpenter from the province of Aba - was seriously injured. A group of Tibetans in the area brought the corpse to the monastery of Tenzin Khedup Zilkar, for ritual prayers and the funeral ceremony. For the moment, no futher news is available concerning the condition of Ngawang Norpel or where he is being kept.

    Dozens of young Tibetans, both monks and lay people, have chosen self-immolation as an extreme act of protest against Beijing, which continues to arrest anyone who manifest dissent against the political repression of Tibetan culture and religion. Since the beginning of 2012, 35 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to criticize the dictatorship in Beijing and to demand the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. The Tibetan spiritual leader has always stressed that he does "not encourage" these extreme forms of rebellion, but he has praised the "courage" of those who make the ultimate gesture, the result of the "cultural genocide" currently taking place in Tibet. Beijing responds by attacking the Dalai Lama, who is guilty of supporting "terrorists, criminals or mentally ill persons."(NC)

     

     

     

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    See also

    20/06/2012 TIBET - CHINA
    Tibetan monk dies in prison from torture by Chinese police
    Karwang, 36, was accused of hanging posters glorifying independence. The police stopped him last May; during the interrogation he suffered torture and violence. His relatives received no compensation for his death. The operation to recover the remains and the burial under the strict supervision of the authorities.

    24/10/2012 TIBET - CHINA
    Tibet: more self-immolations, the seventh this month in protests against Beijing
    Dorje Rinchen, 58, set himself on fire near the monastery of Labrang and died from his injuries. The police tried to hide the body, but the intervention of the crowd prevented the assault. In response, officers have prevented the monks from paying their last respects. The Tibetan drama a thorn in the side for Beijing leadership.

    21/05/2015 TIBET - CHINA
    Tibet, a father of four sets himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule
    Self-immolations climb to 140 since 2009, when this extreme form of protest against Beijing first began. Tenzin Gyatso, 35, was taken away by police in critical condition: it is unclear whether he's dead or alive. The central government launches raids and searches in the Tibet ahead of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.

    20/04/2012 TIBET - CHINA
    Ngaba, two Tibetans aged 20 self-immolate
    Choephag Kyab and Sonam demand an end to Chinese occupation and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Recently, Chinese police attacked another Tibetan who had just set himself on fire. General Secretary of Tibetan Youth Congress: "An absolute barbarity that will power our protests."

    18/10/2011 TIBET - CHINA
    Ngaba, yet another suicide as Buddhist nun sets herself on fire for freedom
    Wagmo Tenzin, 20, set herself on fire to demand freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. Since last March it is the ninth person to commit suicide.



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