Another Tibetan Has Burned Himself to Death Hoping to Wake Up The World to Conditions in Tibet Under Chinese Occupation.

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Another Tibetan Has Burned to Death Protesting the Destruction of the Tibetan Culture and Land by the Chinese Communist Occupation. He had called out for an end to Chinese rule in Tibetan-populated areas, the return of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan language rights  An estimated 7000 Tibetans turned out in support at his funeral and cremation.

"A protest calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and an end to Chinese rule has erupted as thousands of Tibetans gathered to mourn a farmer who burned himself to death, according to rights groups.

Nearly 30 Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year to protest against the suppression of their religion and culture and to call for the return of their spiritual leader, who fled into exile in 1959.

The communist government has accused supporters of the Dalai Lama of encouraging the self-immolations.

The US broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) said Sonam Thargyal, a 44-year-old farmer and father of four, had fastened cotton padding to his body with iron wire and doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire on Saturday in Tongren, a monastery town in western China's Qinghai province. He also drank kerosene, the broadcaster said.

"The Tibetans who were at the scene attempted to put out the flames but death was very fast because of the kerosene inside and outside the body," Dorjee Wangchuk, a Tibetan exiled in Dharamsala, India, with close ties to the Tongren community, was quoted as saying by RFA.

Thargyal had called out for an end to Chinese rule in Tibetan-populated areas, the return of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan language rights, RFA said.

As many as 7,000 Tibetans took part in Thargyal's funeral and cremation, the broadcaster said."


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Farmer Dies in New Burning

Farmer Dies in New Burning Protest2012-03-17

Thousands attend the funeral of the 30th Tibetan to self-immolate.

(Webpage Includes Photo Of Cremation Courtesy of an RFA listener.)

"Tibetans witness the cremation of Sonam Thargyal at the Rongwo Gonchen Monastery in Qinghai's Rebkong county, March 17, 2012.

A farmer became the 30th Tibetan to self-immolate in protest over Chinese rule on Saturday as he set himself ablaze and died in northwestern Qinghai province, drawing several thousand Tibetans to his funeral.

Sonam Thargyal drank kerosene and poured the fuel over his cotton-padded body before setting himself alight, dying minutes later as his body was swiftly consumed by the flames, local Tibetan sources and an exile group with contacts in the region said. He was 44.

The self-immolation occurred early Saturday at the main road near the Gangri Hotel and Thume Cultural Center in Qinghai's Rebkong (in Chinese, Tongren) county in Malho (in Chinese, Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

This is the second self-immolation in three days in Rebkong, where Tibetans earlier this week also took to the streets to protest a possible change in the medium of instruction in schools from Tibetan to Chinese.

“The Tibetans who were at the scene attempted to put out the flames but death was very fast because of the kerosene inside and outside the body," Dorjee Wangchuk, a Tibetan exile spokesman for the Rebkong community based in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, told RFA.

"He had wrapped cotton all around his body and fastened it with iron wire. So, those who tried to put out the fire had no chance to save him," a local Tibetan source said.

As he burned, Thargyal, who was from the Shadrag nomadic area in Rebkong, shouted slogans for an end to Chinese rule in Tibetan-populated areas, for the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and for Tibetan language rights.

“Before he set himself on fire, he went to a Tibetan guest house owned by Shadrag nomadic community where he washed his body and prostrated before the portrait of the Dalai Lama," Wangchuk said.

The Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said he was a farmer.

Funeral prayers

Monks perform funeral prayers for Sonam Thargyal. (Photo courtesy of an RFA listener)

His body was taken to the Rongwo Gonchen Monastery where funeral prayers were held, attended by several thousand people, including monks, local Tibetan sources said.

Several hundred Chinese security forces were at the scene but pulled back after being outnumbered by the Tibetans. Senior monks kept the crowd under control, the sources said.

“Police and paramilitary forces did surround the monastery and tried to intervene but when the Tibetan crowd swelled, they withdrew," one local source said.

The source claimed that more than 7,000 Tibetans were present at the funeral. The figure could not be independently confirmed.

Thargyal was the 30th Tibetan to have self-immolated since February 2009 amid tensions in Tibetan-populated provinces and in the Tibet Autonomous Region following a Chinese security clampdown and the detention of hundreds of monks since early last year.

The self-immolation came just a day after a 20-year-old monk set himself ablaze in Sichuan province's Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) prefecture. He was beaten and taken away by Chinese security forces.


The wave of self-immolations prompted a call last week from well-known Tibetan blogger Woeser and senior Tibetan religious leader Arjia Rinpoche to end the fiery protests, saying that Tibetans opposed to Chinese rule should instead "stay alive to struggle and push forward" their goals.

Lobsang Sangay, the head of Tibet's exile government in Dharamsala, said that while he strongly discouraged self-immolations, the "fault lies squarely with the hardline leaders in Beijing."

He accused Beijing of attempting over the last half-century "to annihilate the Tibetan people and its culture."

The Chinese government however blamed the Dalai Lama for the self-immolations, accusing the 76-year-old Buddhist leader and his followers of plotting to create "turmoil" in Tibetan-inhabited areas.

Reported by Lumbum Tash, Palden Gyal and Yangdon Demo for RFA's Tibetan service. Translated by Karma Dorjee. Written in English by Parameswaran Ponnudurai.


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Chinese Leaders Respond to

Chinese Leaders Respond to Tibetan Suicides.

 (Website iIncludes Photo of Monk Burning Himself to Death - Protesting the Chinese Communist Occupation of Tibet. )

Another Tibetan sets himself on fire as Wen expresses concern
Malaysia Sun
Thursday 15th March, 2012

• Wen says immolators are innocent, provoked by Dalai Lama
• Another Tibetan attempts suicide
• Brings number of self-immolation to 27

BEIJING - Premier Wen Jiabao has expressed concern over the increasing number of Tibetans committing suicides to protest China's occupation of Tibet as another monk set himself on fire over the suppression of religion and culture in the region.

Wen lashed out at the Tibetan government-in-exile based in India and the Dalai Lama for "causing disaffection among Tibetans towards their motherland".

"The so-called Tibetan government-in-exile in India's Dharamsala, regardless of whether (it) is under the direct and indirect control of the Dalai Lama, is a theocracy. Its purpose is to separate Tibet and other Tibetan areas from the motherland," he told reporters after the closing meeting of the 5th session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

At least 27 Tibetans, mostly young monks and nuns, have committed or attempted to commit suicide since February 2009, agitating for the return of Dalai Lama from exile and Tibet's freedom.

"We do not agree with such extreme actions to interfere and hurt social harmony. The young Tibetans are innocent and we feel deeply
pained by such behaviour," said the premier.

Wen's comments were at odds with what a ruling Communist Party leader had said in condemning the self-immolations.

Wu Zegang, the administrative head of Ngaba Prefecture, where most of the self-immolation protests had taken place, had earlier described
Tibetans committing suicides as "womanizers, criminals and mentally derelict".

Meanwhile, another Tibetan monk, Jamyang Palden, set himself on fire in Tongren, a monastery town in Qinghai province, in western China Wednesday.

He survived after security forces put out the blaze, according to official Xinhua news agency.

London based Free Tibet said Palden shouted "Let His Holiness return! Freedom for Tibet and the Tibetan language!" before he attempted self

Palden was taken to a hospital, but was brought back to the monastery by monks who feared he would be arrested by Chinese authorities.

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Why is the world's largest

Why is the world's largest country so threatened by a tiny country who's only "crime" is practicing religious freedom. They are no threat to anyone. Just leave these peace loving people alone. 

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The thing that I don't

The thing that I don't understand is that big-bully China really doesn't get any reasources from that mountainous land. What do they want from them? Acreage?

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Karolina wrote: The thing

Karolina wrote:

The thing that I don't understand is that big-bully China really doesn't get any reasources from that mountainous land. What do they want from them? Acreage?

It's a mystery to me. I guess evil is never satisfied. Maybe it's the Dali Lama's peaceful message that gets under their skin. Who knows?