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  • » 04/20/2012, 00.00

    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."

    Dharamsala (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in Ngaba, Sichuan Province, demanding an end to Chinese occupation in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. According to sources in the Tibetan government in exile, the incident occurred yesterday around one o'clock (local time). There is no reliable information on their conditions. The two were 20 years old and have been identified as Choephag Kyab and Sonam.

    In a statement a few days ago, the Dalai Lama has called on Chinese authorities to inquire into the "real causes" of the self immolations in Tibet. The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists has repeatedly invited his people to avoid extreme measures, but added that he could not condemn those who were discouraged to such an extent.

    Recently, a video showed Chinese police officers bloodily beating a Tibetan who had just set himself on fire, while his body was engulfed in flames. In an interview with Phayul, Tenzin Chokyi, general secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress, said that the "absolute savagery" shown by the authorities in Beijing "only feeds more resentment and protest" against the regime.

    "Witnessing their sacrifice - adds Chokyi - strengthens our resolve to fight for a Free Tibet."

    Yesterday's episode brings the number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire to criticize the dictatorship in Beijing and demand the return of the Dalai Lama in Tibet to a stark 35.

     

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    See also

    18/02/2013 TIBET - CHINA
    Tibet, another self-immolation brings total of victims to 102
    49 year-old father of 4 Namla Tsering, set himself on fire in a crowded street in Labrang - Sangchu County - to protest against Chinese rule in Tibet and demand the return of the Dalai Lama. Beijing responds with repression, the international community remains silent.

    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.

    06/08/2013 NEPAL - TIBET
    Kathmandu, Tibetan monk sets himself on fire near Buddhist stupa
    The man is the second in Nepalese to choose self-immolation to demand an end to Chinese repression in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama to Lhasa. Meanwhile, the police arrest six Christian converts from Hinduism because "they killed a cow to eat it." The police admits: "It is not a crime, but the religious pressures are strong."

    02/03/2011 TIBET - CHINA
    Tibetan leader calls for non-violent response to China’s provocation on Dalai Lama
    Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, calls on Tibetans not to fall into the trap of the recent Chinese slander against the Dalai Lama, but to continue to assert their identity in a non-violent way. The Jasmine revolt: China is ready to crush any protests with violence.

    20/02/2009 TIBET - CHINA - UNITED STATES
    Tibetans ask Clinton for pressure on Beijing to prevent massacre
    There is serious concern about the harsh repression taking place, with persecution of any form of dissent, and sentences to years in prison. Pro-Tibet groups are appealing to Clinton to intervene with government of China, where she is visiting today, and to push for a change in policy.



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