Tibetan monks self-immolate in anti-China protest



Exile Tibetan monks offer a prayer at a Tibetan Monastery near Boudhanath Stupa during the third day of Tibetan New Year in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. A Tibetan protester doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in Nepal’s capital Wednesday, the latest self-immolation to protest Chinese rule in Tibet. AP/Niranjan Shrestha

BEIJING—Two Tibetan monks in their early 20s set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule near dozens of pilgrims who had gathered for prayers to mark the end of the Tibetan New Year festival, a Tibet rights group said. Both died. A third monk was taken to a hospital after setting himself alight in a separate incident, another group reported. His condition and whereabouts weren’t immediately known.

The self-immolations bring the total reported since 2009 to 107.

One of the monks, Tsesung Kyab, self-immolated Monday outside a temple in Luqu county in northwestern Gansu province while the other, Phagmo Dundrup, set himself ablaze Sunday at a monastery in neighboring Qinghai province, the Washington, D.C.-based International Campaign for Tibet reported.

It said large numbers of religious pilgrims had gathered at both monasteries for prayer ceremonies to commemorate the end of the Tibetan new year festival, Losar. The group said it received images of the self-immolation in Luqu in which pilgrims watched as Tsesung Kyab burned.

The third monk, Sandhag, set himself on fire in the main street in the town of Aba in an ethnically Tibetan area of Sichuan province on Monday morning, according to London-based Free Tibet.

Police extinguished the flames and took Sandhag to a hospital, the group said. A resident of the local Dhupu monastery, he has since been moved to another unknown location, it said.

Last week, two Tibetan teenagers set themselves on fire in a double self-immolation in Aba prefecture, Tibet rights advocacy groups said. Seventeen-year-old Richen and his childhood friend Sonam Dargye, 18, were among the youngest to have died in the fiery protests.

The protests have continued despite an intensified crackdown in Tibetan areas by Chinese authorities hoping to stop the self-immolations. Authorities have detained and jailed Tibetans they accuse of helping others self-immolate, an act that Beijing now considers a crime. Tibet and adjoining ethnically Tibetan regions have been sealed-off to most outsiders, making independent confirmation of the self-immolations virtually impossible.

A woman who answered the phone at the Communist Party’s propaganda department in Gannan prefecture, which oversees Luqu county, said she was unaware of the reported self-immolation, while county officials could not be reached. Authorities in Qinghai’s Haidong prefecture, where the second protest took place, either could not be reached or said they had no information on the case.

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  • Meow Ming

    Free Tibet ! China get out !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUT4YW36QJREEGOBH5IYKNQMKI Kokak

    Talk about giving (not merely risking) life for a cause.

  • rolandtr

    China’s main problem is people problem! This will continue until they will have freedom…Remeber Soviet Union? Only they have more money than Russia…

  • sakinlang

    There surely are a lot of other ways to protest to gain freedom for Tibet than self immolation! I think it will be better to burn members of China’s politburo than to set yourself on fire.

  • avmphil

    Tibetans should strangle and annihilate the 4.2m Chinese in Lhasa who run the city and the collective farms, along with the Red Army. A massive show of unity will bring in the Chinese for a total massacre of Tibetans. That’s  where the Global community will, once and for all bury the Hans for the next 2 thousand years

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 SunTzu

    Team Kiram, try niyo ito

    • opinyonlangpo

      Its not effective. Same with Filipinos, China will not give an inch of the nine dash lines even if all Filipinos burn themselves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    Tibet is doing a favor to Red China. By killing thmselves, their population will dwindle, the resistance will dwindle…then there will be silence and the winner in this game is Red China. Yes, immolate the Chinese themselves but not yourselves, non violent resistance does not work for China remember Tiannanmen Square freedom loving students? They were massacred to remove the threat at that time which were spreading around the Chinese mainland and shaking their communist foundation….

    by burning yourselves to death and into extinction, you elliminate the only threat to the Chinese communist regime…which is your presence as a distinct culture who are freedom loving people. Don`t let China wins by killing yourselves into extinction…you must fight back!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    China will never care. They kill millions of babies a year with forced abortions.

    This country has no soul at all. Dragons marami sila.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYRtmMxB5yw CrossWinds

      John 3:16…………..
      16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life………………….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS3MVCRQH7UV4MJRZURFNIXGBI Cho

    Tibet should be free from China NOW!!!!!

  • tabingbakod

    Mainland China see themselves as having victimized by Japan and the West while they continue their oppression of Tibetans. Nobody knows the extent of the oppression because international media is banned in the whole region. We only know are leaked information.

    If China did that to the Philippines, we would want other countries to help us. So in their time of need we should also support Tibet independence. 

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