Tuesday, August 16, 2011

China: Tibetan monk burns himself

Dramatic step of a Buddhist monk: In protest against Beijing's rule over the Tibetans, he has ignited in the southwest of China itself. Human rights activists now fear a crackdown by security forces in the region. Beijing - The self-immolation occurred in southwest China: A Buddhist monk's life has taken, as he himself put it in fire.

He protested against the policies that the Chinese government, which has occupied Tibet for decades. The 29-year-old Tsewang Norbu had kindled in Dawu Garze prefecture in the Tibetan, told the Free Tibet organization spread out from London in a release. He had "been drinking gasoline, are splashed with gasoline and set his clothing on fire." In addition, he had called protest slogans like "We are the Tibetan people, we want freedom" and "Long live the Dalai Lama." The official Chinese news agency Xinhua confirmed the suicide of the monk.

His motive was unclear, it said. The local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. "Today's news shows how desperate some Tibetans," said Free Tibet director Stephanie Brigden. She was very apprehensive about what now follows. On Monday, the telephone lines were interrupted, and Internet cafes have been closed to prevent the news of the self-immolation is up to Tibet and spread all over the world.

"We have received information stating that the army, the monastery (the monks) surrounded." It was the second self-immolation in the region this year: In March, a young monk had been lit in the nearby prefecture of Aba, a few hours later he died from his injuries. The action sparked serious unrest, hundreds of people demonstrated.

According to Free Tibet were then sent by the leadership in Beijing security forces, hundreds of monks resettled, and impose curfews, house searches made. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetans, fled in 1959 from the Chinese occupied Tibet and has since lived in exile. He is committed to a peaceful solution to the Tibet conflict, and more autonomy for the region.

Beijing accuses him but to work under the guise of religion to an independence of Tibet from China. Of the nearly six million Tibetans living in exile today, about 140,000 worldwide. More than 100,000 of them have settled in India, about 20,000 Tibetans living in neighboring Nepal.

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