Tibetan Monk Burns to Death in China Protest – group

Protests erupted in Aba prefecture, Sichuan, after a Tibetan monk burned himself to death in protest against government controls. From Reuters:

The self-immolation appeared to be a small repeat of protests that gripped Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, when Buddhist monks and other Tibetan people loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama, their traditional religious leader, confronted police and troops.

The 21-year-old, named Phuntsog, was a monk in Aba, a mainly ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province that erupted in defiance against Chinese control three years ago.

The monk “immolated himself today in protest against the crackdown,” said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet, a London-based organisation.

“He shouted some slogans about freedom when he did it,” said Zorgyi, a researcher for the organisation, who is based in northern India, where many exiled Tibetans live.

“We’ve also received widespread information about a protest with nearly one thousand monks and lay people that came after,” Zorgyi said.

Police moved in to suppress the protest and arrested some monks, he said.

Read more about the Tibet protests of 2008 via CDT.

March 16, 2011 12:49 PM
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