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Tibetan teen dies after self-immolation

2012-03-06 11:42

Beijing - An 18-year-old Tibetan man died after setting fire to himself in a restive area of south-western China's Sichuan province, in the 26th self-immolation reported in China's Tibetan areas since 2009, reports said on Tuesday.

The young man, identified by the single name Dorjee, set fire to himself late on Monday in Charuwa township, or Chara in Tibetan, in Sichuan's Aba, or Ngaba, area, London-based Free Tibet said.

The group quoted a witness as saying Dorjee collapsed and died outside a government office during his protest, and police arrived to take away his body.

"Prior to his self-immolation, he walked from a bridge ... to the local Chinese [government] office centre shouting slogans against Chinese policies in Tibet," US-based Radio Free Asia quoted Kanyag Tsering, an Indian-based Tibetan monk, as saying after speaking to sources in the area.

"Tibetans - like Dorjee today, and Rinchen yesterday - are choosing to set fire to themselves in front of government buildings in an attempt to reject the power and oppression these places represent in Tibetan communities," Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said.

Security tightened


"This third self-immolation in as many days underlines that Tibetans will not stop protesting until their calls for freedom are heeded," Bridgen said. "The international community must take immediate action."

She was referring to death of two Tibetan women on Saturday and Sunday after separate self-immolations in Tibetan areas of Sichuan and neighbouring Gansu province.

The Chinese government has tightened security in most Tibetan areas this year amid a series of protests and self-immolations.

It has accused supporters of the exiled Dalai Lama of encouraging self-immolations and other protests, despite his declared opposition to self-immolations.

Comments
  • jodi.kruger - 2012-03-06 12:18

    It breaks my heart. How desperate the Tibetans must be to resort to this, and why no one is dong anything about it!!

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-06 14:43

      Agree Jodi so sad :(

      Gerhard - 2012-03-06 17:51

      The chinese brought electricity and running water to Tibet. Tibet now also features some of the most modern railways in the world.

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-03-06 12:40

    No Oil or diamonds in Tibet and the world turns it's face away!

  • Anwar - 2012-03-06 13:03

    If you want change .. you need to be alive and fight for it.. Sorry, Killing yourself doesnot help the others around you in bringin about change This is the stupidest thing one can do!

  • Fidel - 2012-03-06 13:20

    China's position on civil unrest is clear - it is the obligation of the government to better the lives of the people ( + billion). If they cannot deliver, then the people will complain. BUT there is another side to the social contract. IF the government and powers that be IS delivering, ala Beijing, then undue disruption is counter to the interest of the people at large, and SHOULD be quelled so that the entire society (+ billion) can achieve all that they can.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-03-06 16:21

      Social contract theory is derived from the consent of the governed , that does not happen in China . It is therefore a social imposition and in perticular to Tibet , one made under collective duress.

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 16:32

      "Social contract theory is derived from the consent of the governed" Perhaps in the western view of the world. The Chinese have their own way of doing things and have been doing so for 1000s of years. They do not take kindly to others telling them how to organise their society.

      Fred - 2012-03-06 16:39

      "Should be quelled". Heartless and wrong.

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 16:52

      India with the same number of people as China, is a democratic nation that is failing miserably to care for its people. When you have a population of a BILLION people to "look after", agitators work against the system, which could have dire consequences for many many families. Selfishness is not part of the Han culture but social cohesion is. What China is doing and achieving is unprecedented in the history of Mankind. Read up UN reports on China regarding social mobility. People do not eat ballot papers!

      Fred - 2012-03-06 17:01

      As usual, you're almost completely wrong, and heartless. Tibetan monks are not "agitators". This is a ridiculous idea. Everyone with a clear mind and heart knows they're being oppressed by the ruthless Chinese regime. As for "social cohesion" being "the Han culture", more delusional nonsense. Your so-called social cohesion was ruthlessly imposed on the Chinese people by Mao Tse Tung in his Cultural Revolution, in which he killed TENS OF MILLIONS of people to get to that "social cohesion", which in fact was the crushing of self-expression and self-determination. Thanks for further clarification of wrong thinking Fidel.

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 17:11

      Fidel, Although, I always have been totally opposed to your thoughts, as they are just a repeat and repeat and repeat, of the same BS , radicals have been bombarding us with for 40 years, ( FORTY YEARS ), almost word for word, letter for letter, I somehow had some respect for you, for you in a articulate way, had your say. BUT SINCE YESTERDAY, YOU CONVINCED ME YOU ARE NOTHING THAN A RACIST CHICK BLOATED WITH SELF IMPORTANCE AND ALL DUMB SILLY WORDS, WHOSE ONLY MESSAGE IS "HATRED" Like any racist, you are an enemy of AFRICA !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 17:31

      The word AGITATOR fits well in this argument. Read up on the history of Tibet in the 1950s instead of relying on liberal NGOs spewing all kinds on propaganda. It was your secret services and the CIA that infested that area in the first place, leading to what we have now. There was a lot of brutality post-1951 but there were certainly Tibetans who gained too - liberated serfs among them. There are a lot of problems with Chinese rule but Tibet under the Dalai Lamas was an awful place. You clearly have no idea of what Lama’s theocracy entailed – physical bondage and slavery (watch an old Nat Geo documentary on YouTube). You see Fred, unlike you, I seek out information instead of being a parrot that listens to one side of the political divide. Most of the ordinary Tibetans, who lived in chains before that, saw the Chinese as liberators. Moreover, the Lama’s struggle was owned and supported by the CIA (Watch ‘CIA in Tibet’ at YouTube).

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 17:35

      Anthony, I don't give a rat's @$$ what you think of me as I am not trying to convert you!

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 17:46

      Fidel, My dear, you would never be able to do so, i don't take kindly to RACISTS !!!!!!

      Gerhard - 2012-03-06 17:52

      Fidel you are a stalinist.

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 17:57

      Not at all, from what I can see, the Chinese seem to be pragmatists. Doing things that work, rather than according to any set ideology. Democracy is not working in India but the stupid leaders in that country don't want to upset the west, so they stick with a political system that isn't suited to their country. That is being pragmatic!

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 17:59

      @Anthony I am unable to return a suitable reply without sounding as if I'm trying to get in the gutter alongside you.

      Anthony - 2012-03-06 18:22

      Fidel, No thank you, I don't want to lay next to a RACIST, not even in the gutter !!!!

  • Anthony - 2012-03-06 18:27

    ""Those days are gone and that has made "the white trash elite" supported by Jaba very mad."" Fidel 05 March 2012

      Fidel - 2012-03-06 19:01

      If that's the best you can do you better go and crawl back under the neo cons skirts where you belong.

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