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Tibet: News Tibet Monk sets himself on fire in Tibet to protest China's rule: Toll hits 124

Monk sets himself on fire in Tibet to protest China's rule: Toll hits 124

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Tibet-TsultriGyatso-2013-1Dharamshala: - Emerging reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in an apparent protest against Chinese repressive policies in Tibet on December 19, has passed away.

"The latest report coming out of the north-eastern region of Tibet confirm that Tsultrim Gyatso, aged around 41 set himself in Amchok township, Tsoe County, (Chinese: Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures, southwest of Gansu Province) Amdho region of eastern Tibet, on Thursday evening, (2.45pm local time), 19 December, 2013.

"He died in his fiery protest. Local Tibetans took his body inside his room in the monastery soon after the incident. Local Tibetans, including over 400 monks were gathered at the monastery to offer traditional prayer services," report to TPI news said, citing sources in the region.

In a note he wrote the words: 'Where do I express the "Sufferings" of the six million Tibetans?'
'Can you see it? Can you hear me? China took away our every treasures,'when I think these "Sorrows," my tears fall.'
In the note, he also called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and  for the release of 11th Panchen Lama. "For the end of sufferings of the six million Tibetan people, I set my body on fire as an offering of light.

The burning protest by Tseten brought to 124, the verified number of self-immolations since the wave of burnings began in 2009 in protest against Chinese repressive rule and of them 106 were reportedly passed-away from their severe burn injuries.

The Tibetan self-immolators called for freedom for Tibetan people and the return of the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. The Central Tibetan Administration based in India has consistently appealed to and discouraged Tibetans from drastic action, including self-immolation, as a form of protest. The blame as well as the solution for the self-immolations lies with the Chinese government.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 December 2013 18:46 )  


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