(AsiaNews/Agencies) - A young Tibetan
man torched himself at a monastery in Qinghai province at 8 pm on Sunday in
protest against Beijing's hard-line policy in Tibet, triggering an immediate
security clampdown in Tsapon Township Tsoshar Prefecture, Bayan Khar County, Radio
Free Asia (RFA) reported. He was
immediately taken to a nearby hospital with serious burns, local witnesses
Phakmo Dhondup, who hailed from Upper Sakar village close to the Jachung
monastery, is the 105th Tibetan so far to self-immolate since early
2009, when Tibetans began using this extreme form of protest in order to demand
religious freedom, self-government, and the return of their spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama.
"Monks at the monastery are conducting special prayers for his
recovery," sources said. At the same time, hundreds of security forces
have arrived at the monastery and imposed restrictions.
have occurred in provinces like Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu, bordering on Tibet. Out
of 105 cases, more than 20 involved underage protesters or 18-year-olds.
In dealing with the
situation, Chinese authorities have opted for an iron-fist approach. Instead of
listening to the protesters, Beijing has blamed the suicides on the Dalai Lama
and his "gang".
They have also
introduced harsher measures against anyone planning self-immolation or just
talking about in public.
In recent weeks, a
Chinese court sentenced 15 Tibetans, including many Buddhist monks, to jail
terms of up to 13 years.
Today, another young Tibetan
self-immolated. Tsesung Kyab, 27, set himself on fire in front of Shetsang Monastery,
Shetsang township, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. He died at the scene.
Chinese Public Security
Bureau personnel tried to remove the body but were prevented by local people
who took it to his home village of Chokhor.
Today is the last day
of the Molam festival, one of Tibetan Buddhism's main festivities.