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Tibetan PM in exile pays homage to self-immolated martyr

chandigarh Updated: Nov 08, 2012 12:37 IST

Tibetan Prime Minister in exile Lobsang Sangay participated in a special prayer session here to pay homage to a compatriot, who self-immolated in Tibet, owing to the repressive policies of the Chinese government in their homeland.

Later taking to media, Sangay said that demise of any Tibetan was very unfortunate.

"Sadly, one more Tibetan Lobsang Dhondup La passed away due to self immolation which is unfortunate," said Sangay.

Sangay further said that it was high time that China realised that the Tibetan issue could be solved peacefully.

"We have been in-exile for the last 63 years and we lost our country for the last 63 years and in that sense 63 Tibetans have self immolated of which 42 have died. It's a clear statement to the Chinese government that the repressive policy is not working and that they ought to end the present crackdown and find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue whereby his holiness the Dalai Lama could return to Tibet and the freedom of Tibetans will be restored," said Sangay.

Lobsang Dhondup la had set himself ablaze on November 06 in his homeland Tibet.

Over the past three years, over 50 Tibetans have committed self-immolation in the cause of freedom of their homeland.

The surge in self-immolations in China in protest over its rule in Tibet has heightened tension in recent months.

China rejects criticism that it is eroding Tibetan culture and faith, saying its rule has ended serfdom and brought development to a backward region.

China has ruled Tibet since 1950, when Communist troops marched in and announced its "peaceful liberation".