Another self immolation in Tibet, toll rises to 135

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Dec 24, 2014 21:43 IST

A day after a Tibetan teenaged girl died after setting her ablaze in apparent protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, the Tibetan government in exile has reported another incident of a fiery protest taking place in Tibet.

"A Tibetan monk identified as Kelsang Yeshi, 32, died after he set himself on fire Wednesday to protest against the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet," the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said in a press release issued here.

It added the monk was the third Tibetan to self-immolate in less than a fortnight, taking the total self-immolation toll inside Tibet to 135 since 2009

The CTA said Yeshi, who was a monk at the Nyatso monastery in Tawu county in the Kardze Tibetan autonomous prefecture, set himself afire in front of a police station near his monastery.

The police station was apparently set up by the Chinese authorities to monitor the activities of the monastery and its monks, the CTA added.

"An eyewitness told contacts based in exile that Yeshi raised slogans calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans while burning," the CTA said.

It also alleged the police arrived at the scene soon after the self-immolation, dispersed the crowd by firing warning shots and then seized the protester's body despite locals' attempts to prevent them from doing so.

"Despite repeated appeals by the CTA, at least 135 Tibetans including Kelsang Yeshi have set themselves on fire, of which 116 have died," the release added.

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