Fifth Tibetan monk in China self-immolates

2011-10-03 16:47

kalahari.com

  • Dalai Lama
    Written with the full cooperation of the Dalai Lama, this fascinating, up-to-date biography at once... Now R293.00
    buy now
Beijing - A Tibetan monk set himself alight in a market in mountainous western China on Monday, extending a burst of immolation protests at a monastery that has become a centre of defiance of Beijing, a group advocating self-determination for Tibet said.

The Free Tibet group said the Buddhist monk, aged 17 or 18, came from the Kirti monastery in Aba, a heavily ethnic Tibetan area of Sichuan province, which lies next to the official Tibetan Autonomous Region.
The London-based group said the young monk, named Kalsang, "was holding a picture of the Dalai Lama when he set fire to himself and calling for religious rights and freedom in Tibet".

The Dalai Lama is Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader, reviled by the Chinese government as a "separatist" for advocating self-rule for his homeland. He says is not a separatist.

"Police put out the flames but the current well-being and whereabouts of Kalsang are unknown," added an emailed statement from Free Tibet.

Calls by Reuters to the Aba government office on Monday evening, after the report appeared, went unanswered, as were calls to police numbers. Stephanie Brigden, the director of Free Tibet, told Reuters the group had two sources for its account of the incident.

The immolation is the fifth this year linked to the monastery in the area, called Ngaba by local Tibetans, which has become an epicentre of Tibetan discontent with the Chinese government.

The Kirti monastery experienced a sweeping crackdown by security forces in May.

Last week, two monks from the monastery set themselves on fire to protest against government religious controls, two exiled Tibetan sources said at the time.

Those self-immolations come six months after another Tibetan Buddhist monk from the same monastery, burned himself to death.

That death prompted a crackdown, with security forces detaining about 300 Tibetan monks for a month.  China later jailed three monks for their involvement in that self-immolation.

Monks from the Kirti monastery also participated in protests that hit Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, after demonstrations in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet, were suppressed and gave way to deadly violence aimed at non-Tibetans.

Read more on:    dalai lama  |  tibet  |  china  |  religion
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to fight against the current today but this will just use up a lot of energy and not get you very far. You...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.