Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tibetans: They sacrifice themselves but do not kill others in the process.

In fresh protest, nun immolates self inside Tibet
TNN | Nov 4, 2011, 05.40AM IST
SHIMLA: Self-immolation by monks and nuns inside Tibet in protest against China is continuing as a nun, Palden Choetso, immolated herself at a nunnery in Kham Tawu, eastern Tibet, at around 12 noon on Thursday.

She is the 11th Tibetan to set herself on fire in a wave of self-immolation protests that have taken place since March this year.

According to the official website of Tibetan government-in-exile, Palden Choetso, also known as Choesang, (35), from Jangchup Choeling nunnery near Nyitso monastery in Kham, set herself on fire while chanting "Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama", " Free Tibet" and "Let His Holiness return to Tibet" at a public prayer session held at Tawu Namgyal Stupa. She succumbed to her burn injuries.

With this, six people have so far died inside Tibet, while the condition of five is unknown. Tibetan parliament-in-exile had recently held a day-long special prayer service.

As the news reached McLeodganj, headquarters of exiled government and home of Dalai Lama, Tibetan cabinet (Kashag) issued a statement that as a mark of respect, the Kashag and the Tibetan parliament-in-exile will jointly hold a prayer ceremony for all those departed souls at Tsuklakhang (main monastery), on Friday.

"The Kashag would like to make it clear that it stands in solidarity with people in Tibet who endure continued suppression under the Chinese authorities, whose short-sighted policies have driven eleven Tibetans to set themselves on fire till now," said the official statement.

Kashag added that instead of addressing the real problems that drive Tibetans to commit self-immolation, Xinhua, the official news organ of the Chinese government, blames Tibetans in exile for instigating such desperate acts.

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