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 said Sonam Thargyal, a 44-year-old farmer and father of four, fastened cotton padding to his body with iron wire and doused himself with kerosene before setting himself on fire 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. [more on NYT]
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