Friday 16 March 2012

A monk in Rebkong self-immolates

Phayul[Wednesday, March 14, 2012 12:13]
March 14: Reports of yet another self-immolation by a monk in Rebkong in the traditional Amdo region are coming out of Tibet.

Jamyang Palden, 34 a monk at the Rongwo monastery in Rebkong set himself on fire in an apparent protest against the Chinese government earlier today.

The Dharamshala based Tibet Times newspaper has cited sources in exile as saying that Jamyang Palden self-immolated on a ground in front of the monastery.

“Tibetans who were present at the site of Jamyang Palden’s fiery protest immediately took him to a hospital in Marlho town but soon after, he was brought back to the monastery,” the report said.

It is not clear why Jamyang Palden was brought back to the monastery but it is widely believed that the move was taken to rescue him from falling into the hands of Chinese security personnel.

In earlier instances of self-immolation protests, eyewitnesses have said that Chinese security personnel at the scene of the protests have resorted to brute force, beating Tibetans who are still on fire with spiked clubs.

Reports have confirmed that Tibetans who had survived their self-immolation protest had to go through amputations and were subjected to verbal abuse and maltreatment from the doctors and Chinese officials at the hospital.

“Right now, a large number of monks and local Tibetans are gathered at the ground in front of the monastery, the site of Jamyang Palden’s protest and offering prayers,” sources said.

There are no further details available at the time of filing this report.

With Jamyang Palden’s self-immolation, 28 Tibetans have now set their bodies on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.

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