A Tibetan’s Gruesome Protest During Party Congress
With news of the 92nd self-immolation by a Tibetan this week, Radio Free Asia is also reporting another gruesome suicide protest which allegedly occurred during the 18th Party Congress last month:
A young Tibetan living in China’s Gansu province stabbed himself to death and wrote a call for Tibetan freedom in his own blood while the ruling Chinese Communist Party met last month in Bejing to endorse the country’s new leaders, Tibetan sources said on Monday.
News of the protest and suicide was delayed because of tight restrictions on communications from the area during the once-in-a-decade national leadership transition, sources said.
“Last month, when the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was going on in Beijing, a Tibetan named Jigme Tseten, 30, a resident of Tsoe county, stabbed himself to death,” a resident of the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service.
“Before dying, he wrote in his own blood on a wall of the Upper Khagya School that ‘Tibet is independent, and the Dalai Lama should return to Tibet,’” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.