Tibetan teen burns herself to death in China–Xinhua

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In this photo taken on November 30, 2012 an ethnic Tibetan monk crosses a street in Chengdu in China’s southwest Sichuan province. More than 20 Tibetans set themselves alight in November in protest at China’s rule, beginning in the run-up to the Chinese Communist Party’s set-piece congress, with many Tibetans in China accusing the government of religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas. AFP/Peter PARKS

BEIJING – A 16-year-old Tibetan girl has died after setting herself on fire, Chinese state media said Monday, in an area that has become a flashpoint for protests against Beijing’s rule.

The school pupil self-immolated in the village of Dageri in China’s northwestern province of Qinghai, an area with a high population of ethnic Tibetans, just before 7pm (1100 GMT) on Sunday, Xinhua said.

Her body was cremated four hours later and returned to her family, the news agency said, adding that local government officials were investigating.

More than 90 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze since 2009 to protest China’s rule of the Tibetan plateau, rights groups have said, with the frequency of incidents increasing sharply in November. Most have died.

According to a partial list drawn up by the London-based campaign group Free Tibet the teenager is among the youngest girls to have set themselves on fire.

Xinhua reported on Sunday that a monk and his nephew had been detained for inciting eight Tibetans to set themselves alight.

Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically minority areas.

Beijing rejects this, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom. The government points to huge on-going investment it says has brought modernisation and a better standard of living to Tibet.

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  • LuwigVonMises

    burning yourself to death in front of your enemies is really stupid. but at least its not like the muslims who blow themselves up around innocent people.

    • $2931613

      it is far from stupid.. it takes courage to burn yourself and endure the pain.. but i agree that blowing up yourselves is for cowards who cannot endure the pain and would prefer sudden death

  • concern_netizen

    What conviction.  What Passion.  What courage.  Just wondering who among the Christian leaders can be half as committed as these monks.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      You mean the Catholics (not Christians) ?  Remember the “Great Inquisition”.

      • concern_netizen

         of the 12th century??! !  Oh boy…

  • kipbuts

    unbridled imperialism and capitalism are the unthinkable ways of communism.

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