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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates to Protest China’s Rule (Graphic Photos). -The total number of Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest against the Chinese repressive rule has now risen to 124.

DHARAMSHALA: A Tibetan monk died after setting himself on fire in Sangchu county in Kanlho prefecture in northeastern Tibet (incorporated into China’s Gansu Province) on Thursday (19 December), according to reports coming out Tibet.

Tsultrim Gyatso, a 44-year-old monk of Achok Monastery in Labrang Tashikhyil, set fire to himself on the main street in Achok town around 3 pm today. He died on the spot. The local Tibetans immediately took his body into the monastery, where prayer service was conducted by over 400 monks.

Photos of the incident showed his completely charred body in flames and people pouring water to douse the fire.

He left a note before he committed self-immolation. He wrote: “…Tibetans are driven to suffering and the treasures of Tibet are being looted under the repressive law of China. To whom can we tell the sufferings of the six million Tibetans? Thinking about these brings tears to my eyes. I have set myself on fire in fervent prayers for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, the release of Panchen Lama from the prison and the well-being of six million Tibetans.”
  • The total number of Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest against the Chinese repressive rule has now risen to 124. They have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland and freedom for Tibetans.

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala has repeatedly appealed to Tibetans not to take drastic actions, including self-immolation. In a White Paper issued by the CTA, political repression, cultural assimilation, religious persecution, economic marginalisation and environmental destruction under the Chinese rule are pushing Tibetans to take drastic forms of protests.

Many governments, parliaments and international bodies, including the United Nations, have passed resolutions and statements urging the Chinese authorities to end its repressive policies and address the problem of Tibet through dialogue. They have called on the Chinese government to open up Tibet to the international media to investigate the real situation prevailing there.
Photos of Tsultrim Gyatso after setting himself on fire in Achok town in Sangchu county in Kanlho in northeastern Tibet on 19 Dec. 2013/Tibet Times
Photos of Tsultrim Gyatso after setting himself on fire in Achok town in Sangchu county  in Kanlho in northeastern Tibet on 19 Dec. 2013/Tibet Times

The photo of the letter written by Tsultrim Gyatso before he set himself on fire in Achok town in Sangchu county in Kanlho in northeastern Tibet on 19 Dec. 2013/Tibet Times 
The photo of the letter written by Tsultrim Gyatso before he set himself on fire in Achok town in Sangchu county in Kanlho in northeastern Tibet on 19 Dec.



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