Tibetans clash with police after man sets himself on fire
Monday 16 January 2012
Security forces clashed with angry Tibetans in south-western China yesterday, shooting one person, after a man set himself on fire in the latest protest against Chinese rule, activist groups said.
Local residents began to protest on Saturday after seeing police severely beat the burning man as they put out the flames, the London-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said.
"Tibetans at the scene became very distressed and angry and gathered together in what seems to be an impromptu demonstration," said Kate Saunders, a spokeswoman for the group. Little was known about the man who set himself on fire, although the ICT cited its sources as saying he was not a monk.
At least 16 Buddhist monks, nuns and other Tibetans are now believed to have set themselves on fire in the past year – including four in the past week – mostly in traditionally Tibetan areas of Sichuan province.
Most have chanted for Tibetan freedom and the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled to exile in India amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
Woeser, a Beijing-based Tibetan poet and activist, posted accounts of the unrest on Twitter. "A young Tibetan person self-immolated ... the local area has erupted in public protests and marches, and they have been met with military police fire and suppression. There are Tibetan casualties," she wrote. Like some Tibetans, Woeser uses just one name.
Arsenal 1 Everton 1: Substitute equalises with six minutes to go
food + drinkMichelin-starred Tom Sellers on being this year's hottest property
booksGeese, gorillas, grandads... and growing up
tvParents (and kids) rejoice! A new wave of fantastic family entertainment is here
food + drinkHow one grocery e-tailer is gearing up for the Yuletide rush
food + drink
Nelson Mandela: 11 inspirational quotes to live your life by
Queen to miss Nelson Mandela funeral over security and long-haul flight concerns
'Never a good time to increase MPs' pay': Jack Straw defends politicians' 11% pay rise in face of public outrage
The 'terrorist' and the Tories: What did Nelson Mandela really think of Margaret Thatcher?
Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant
- 1 Hundreds arrested as Canadian police smash worldwide paedophile ring
- 2 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 3 Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
- 4 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis
- 5 Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant
- < Previous
- Next >
£80000 - £100000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior C++ De...
£25000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C++ Server Dev...
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: Leading Electronic Trading Software Ven...
£23999 - £32001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: An independent ac...