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Tibet: News Tibet One Dead In Twin Tibet Self-immolations, One Killed In Clash

One Dead In Twin Tibet Self-immolations, One Killed In Clash

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tibet-self-immolation-2012Dharamshala: - Two more Tibetans set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese repressive policies in Ngaba county, eastern Tibet. Armed Chinese police in the area beat a Tibetan man to death during a clash that broke out after the self-immolation incident.

Another onset of protests in the form of self sacrifice has occurred in Ngaba county of Amdho region, eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province), an area where half of the self-immolations of Tibetans have so far taken place to protest against the Chinese government's oppression in Tibet and shooted slogans demanding immediate end to China's repressive policies in Tibet.

Most recently, two Tibetans in the Ngawa region ignited themselves on fire on Monday (13 August 2012), in protest against Chinese authority in their county as well as in the rest of Tibet. Around 6:00 p.m., A layman called Tashi, around 21, and Lungtok, around 20, a monk from Kirti Monastery set themselves on fire in protest at martyrs street, near the Kirti monastery in Ngaba county to protest against the Chinese oppression in Tibet.

Subsequently, the event led way to a massive clash between the local Tibetans and police force, resulting in yet another casualty. The protest escalated once police officials and the armed Public Security Bureau personnel arrived at the scene of the incident; resolving in the death of one Tibetan from a police beating with steel batons.

On the same day, nearby witnesses testified to a third self-immolation occurring at 8:00 p.m., however the sources are currently unconfirmed.

Sources said several Tibetans were injured in the Chinese police beatings and many Tibetans were detained following the deadly clashes between Tibetans and armed Chinese security forces. the Tibetans who were severely injured in the latest protest were taken to hospital.

tibet-self-immolation-2012-1According to the sources from inside Tibet, the current situation in Ngaba county remains tense with heavy deployment of armed security personnel and police across in in the Ngaba county and surrounding neighboring areas.

"It is true that two Tibetans have self-immolated in Ngaba and we are seeking more details. We also heard that a third Tibetan self-immolated and protested but the details are not available," stated Lobsang Yeshe. a media coordinator of Kirti monastery of Dharamshala, India.

On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, hundreds of young Tibetans from Sangay Shong township, Rebkong county, north-eastern Tibet took to the streets in protest the drunk Chinese police attack on three Tibetans who were traveling to another town, said another Tibet sources. The drunk authorities also have threatened them, it further added.

From February 2009 up until the two recent occurrences, more than fifty Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet in protest against Chinese authority as well as advocating for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

According to some Tibetan groups, it is likely that the series of self-immolations will persist until China addressed the issues of human rights and cultural freedom in Tibet.

"Over the past three years, more than 50 people, most of them young Tibetans, have set on fire themselves; which make it the largest self-immolation protest in history," Nyima T.J, a Tibetan political analyst based in India said.

"I have never heard of self-immolation protest in Tibet before the Chinese occupation. The grim and tragic situation should not have happened, if Tibetan people in Tibet have the equal rights in politics, economy and enjoy human rights. However, Tibetan people should be happier, instead of protest against government policies, according to Chinse authorities repeated claims. Unfortunately, the only option for Tibetans: to continue the horrific self-immolation to raise their voices against injustices," he stressed.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:40 )  


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