One more monk self-immolates in Tibet

Oct 04, 2011 10:37 | Poltics

Fifth Such incidence during this year: Free Tibet

Dharamsala/Arvind Sharma October3

“Another monk in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet set himself on fire today, said the reliable sources” said rights group, Free Tibet spokes person Tenzin in Dharamsala

Free Tibet says that he is a relative of monk Lobsang Phuntsog who died in March this year after setting himself ablaze protesting China’s occupation of Tibet and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama.

On September 26, two monks from the under siege Kirti Monastery, Lobsang Kalsang, younger brother of monk Lobsang Phuntsog and Lobsang Kunchok, both around 18 years of age set themselves on fire in an anti-China protest in the central town of Ngaba. Their whereabouts and condition are not yet known.

Kanyag Tsering, a monk at the exile base of Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala who has closely followed the recent situation in Ngaba confirmed today’s incidence. Tsering said that he received similar reports from Tibet but details of today’s self immolation were not available.

Group said that this is the fifth incidence in this year alone when China’s repressive policies in Tibet have forced Tibetans to take the drastic step of self-immolation as a non-violent mean to protest China’s rule over Tibet.