Human rights activists and US media say two Tibetans have died by self-immolation in China’s Sichuan province.
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The London-based organization ‘Free-Tibet’ says the names of these teenagers are Lobseng Kalseng and Demchok.
Lobseng’s age is said to be 18 years old, he was a Buddhist monk. And the other teenager Demchok was 17 years old.
Demchok was the first monk. ‘Free-Tibet’ says both young men blew themselves up on Monday morning.
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This incident is said to be from Kirti Math on the outskirts of Aba County, where self-immolation incidents have also occurred in the past.
According to ‘Free-Tibet’, with this last case, the number of self-immolators since 2009 rises to 51.
However, the BBC has not been able to confirm this figure. Foreign media are not allowed to visit this area. Because of this, it is difficult to confirm these reports.
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Although some of these self-immolation incidents have been confirmed in China’s official media, not all of these incidents have been confirmed.
More than half of these self-immolators are believed to have died.
‘Free-Tibet’ says that these two teenagers died on Monday night. After the self-immolation, the Chinese authorities admitted him to the hospital.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted eyewitnesses as saying that these teenagers were raising slogans against the Chinese government and policies in Tibet.
dispute over tibet
- China says that Tibet has always been its part.
- But Tibet has a long history of autonomy.
- China had taken military action in Tibet in the 1950s.
- Bloodshed incidents took place in the year 1959 in protest against the government of China.
- The Dalai, the spiritual leader of Tibet, fled to India.
- The Dalai Lama now talks about a ‘middle path’ with China.
- The Dalai Lama no longer demands independence but autonomy.
Two India-based Buddhist monks told RFA: “Eyewitnesses saw these young men run after the fire and then fall to the ground.”
Reports say that Demchok, a former Buddhist monk, has been identified as the brother of teenager Tenzin Choidon, who committed suicide earlier this year.
A young man who lived with Lobseng Kalseng at the monastery was also detained by police on Monday.
According to the AP news agency, the Aba county police say they have no information about this self-immolation incident.
Kirti Math has been the center of protests for more than a year, around which there is a strong security cordon.
Chinese leaders blame the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for promoting separatism and inciting young people to commit self-immolations.
But the Dalai Lama denies it. Human rights groups and the Tibetan government-in-exile say these protests are the result of China’s crackdown and tight control over the area.