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    » 08/13/2012, 00.00

    TIBET - CHINA

    Young Tibetan dies after setting himself on fire in Ngaba



    He is the third activist to die in a week. The 24-year-old carried out the action in a square in Meruma, a township some 20 kilometres from Ngaba (Sichuan). Police surrounded the area to avoid further incidents.

    Lhasa (AsiaNews) - A young Tibetan, Choepa, 24, died in Meruma Township, some 20 kilometres from Ngaba (Sichuan Province) after he set himself on fire on Friday in protest against Chinese repression in Tibet.

    Local sources said that Choepa died soon after his self-immolation. To avoid disorders, the authorities seized the body, eventually returning his ashes to the family.

    Police also surrounded the township to avoid further unrest or more attempts at self-immolation.

    On 23 January, the young man had taken part in a protest in Meruma, but was able to avoid arrest.

    He is the third activist to take his life in self-immolation in the past week. On 7 August, a woman, Dolkar Tso, set herself on fire in Kanlho (Gansu province) in front of a monastery. On 6 August, Lobsang Tsultrim did the same near Kirti Monastery (Ngaba). He died a few days later in hospital in Barkham.

    Since February 2009, 47 Tibetans, both religious and members of the laity, set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese repression and Beijing's tight control over religious practices, which includes closing and opening monasteries at will.

    Pro-Tibet activists say that extreme actions will continue until China's grip on Tibetans does not relent, and this despite the Dalai Lama's condemnation of self-immolation.

    According to Beijing, those who set themselves on fire are terrorists, rejects or mentally insane, and Tibet's spiritual leader is largely to blame for encouraging young activists to take their own lives.

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    16/08/2012 CHINA - TIBET
    A Tibetan killed, six arrested in protest against Chinese mines
    At least 1,000 Tibetans demonstrated against the reopening of a mine in Markham. Police fired live ammunition. Chinese companies show no respect for the sanctity of the area and do not care about the ecological impact of mining. Tashi, a young 21 year old who set himself on fire two days ago in Ngaba has died.

    17/05/2012 TIBET - CHINA
    Another "re-education" campaign in Tibet's monasteries
    At Beijing's urging, Tibet's government launches another brainwashing campaign against Buddhist monks and nuns in order to stop them from further self-immolation. Such campaigns began in 1996 and are the last Maoist tool of control left.

    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."

    31/03/2012 TIBET - CHINA
    Ngaba, two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire. The police prevent their rescue
    The double self-immolation took place yesterday in Barkham (Ngaba County, Sichuan). Both were from the Kirti monastery. After the act, the authorities brought the bodies to a secret place. Doubts about their health.



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