Tibetan sets himself ablaze in India before Chinese leader visits

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    Tibetan sets himself ablaze in India before Chinese leader visits - latimes.com

    REPORTING FROM NEW DELHI -- A Tibetan set himself on fire Monday before running several hundred feet down a busy New Delhi street, suffering critical burns in advance of a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao.

    The protester, identified by Tibetan activists as Janphel Yeshi, 27, attempted the self-immolation at Jantar Mantar, an open area where rallies and demonstrations are often held. Media reports, citing witnesses, said Yeshi yelled as he ran along the road dressed in a sweater and dark trousers, black smoke pouring from his hair.

    “Basically he was on fire for almost 10 minutes before the police arrived,” said Rinzin Choedon, a chapter coordinator with Students for a Free Tibet, an activist group. “Personally, I’m totally against this sort of immolation. Our struggle is not just for today or tomorrow. If we lose our human power and resources, how can we continue the struggle?”

    Tibet has been a vassal state of China for much of its history. In 1950, the Chinese military took control, leading to the exile in 1959 of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader.

    Many Tibetans in China bridle at Chinese rule, arguing that their religion, culture and traditions are being systematically smothered by Beijing under policies aimed at relocating large numbers of Han Chinese to the plateau.

    This is the second attempted self-immolation in New Delhi, which is home to thousands of Tibetans who have crossed over the Himalayan mountains from China. In November, a man suffered minor burns when he tried to set himself alight outside the heavily guarded, barbed-wire ringed Chinese Embassy before police doused the flames.

    “This is very unfortunate,” said Tempa Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s representative in New Delhi. “It’s because of the policies of the repressive [Chinese] government.”

    Hu is scheduled to arrive in the Indian capital Wednesday to attend a summit on the so-called BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
    Since the beginning of 2011, more than two dozen Tibetans, including many Buddhist monks and nuns, have reportedly set themselves ablaze in the Tibetan area of China to protest Beijing’s rule.

    Some activists described Yeshi as unemployed, a resident of the main Tibetan exiles' neighborhood in Delhi who fled China in 2005. Others said he did odd jobs at a small monastery. He reportedly had been planning the protest for days, arriving at Jantar Mantar with a bottle of kerosene he poured over himself.

    The Associated Press reported that he ran about 160 feet in flames before collapsing. At the time, dozens of people were attending a Tibetan protest rally nearby. Dr T.S. Sidhu, medical supervisor at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where he was taken, said Yeshi is in critical condition with burns on 90% of his body.

    China often blames India for fomenting unrest in Tibet. India’s mountainous northern town of Dharamsala is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.

    “China can’t even blame India for this, though,” said Mohan Guruswamy, a China expert with New Delhi’s Center for Policy Alternatives, a think tank. “There’ve been some 28 immolations in China. India urges China to talk to the Tibetans. They’re so unhappy, you have to at least talk.”

    Opinions differ over how effective the drastic tactic of self-immolation is. Guruswamy said as gruesome as it is, the tactic draws attention to the Tibetan plight in the same way the self-immolation of monks during the Vietnam War helped turn public opinion worldwide against the conflict.

    Others disagreed.

    “I’m not sure it’s going to galvanize public opinion,” said Rukmani Gupta, an associate fellow at Delhi’s Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, a think tank. “What you have is young people losing their lives. That’s not necessarily any gain toward talks between Beijing and Dharamsala.”
     
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    A good statement for the serfdom the Tibetan are subjected to.

    But will the cruel Hans bother?

    Cruelty is in their genes as history bears it out!
     
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    Tibetan Exile Sets Self Afire in Protest Act

    Jampa Yeshi, 26, at a rally on Monday in New Delhi against the impending visit to India by China’s president. He was in critical condition late Monday.

    By SRUTHI GOTTIPATI and RICK GLADSTONE
    Published: March 26, 2012

    NEW DELHI — Over the past year, nearly 30 Tibetans in remote areas of western China have set fire to themselves to draw attention to what they call Chinese government repression, but the visual images of their protests have seldom been seen by outsiders. Censorship authorities in China, which regards the immolation as a form of terrorism, have made sure of it.

    On Monday, however, a 26-year-old Tibetan exile in New Delhi offered the world a visceral view of a self-immolation, setting himself on fire at a demonstration to protest the impending visit to India by China’s president, Hu Jintao. Photographs of the man, a literal human torch in flames who sprinted for 50 yards with contorted screams before he collapsed by a tree, raced around the world by way of India’s unfettered press and the Internet.

    “From head to toe, he was full of fire,” said a witness, Tenzin Dorjee, the national director of Students for a Free Tibet. “He was shouting. I was in shock. There were women crying.”

    The exile, identified by the police as Jampa Yeshi, who left Tibet in 2006 and has lived in India for at least two years, apparently had soaked himself in flammable liquid unbeknownst to fellow activists at the demonstration. They scrambled to extinguish the flames by smothering them with Tibetan flags and sloshing Mr. Yeshi with water. Vast sections of his skin were blackened, and he was in critical condition late Monday at a local hospital, Tibetan exile news sites reported.

    At least 600 Tibetan protesters from India’s Tibetan community-in-exile had been demonstrating, some carrying signs that read “Tibet Is Burning” and “Tibet Is Not Part of China,” when the self-immolation occurred.

    News and images of the self-immolation were conspicuously absent from the Web site of China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, which has characterized such acts as terrorist incitement fomented by the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader-in-exile, who lives in India and is considered a subversive advocate of Tibetan independence.

    The Dalai Lama and his subordinates have expressed shock and sadness at the immolations but have called them a reflection of desperation by Tibetans living under a system that represses their religion and culture.

    The self-immolation on Monday was the second in the last few months in India, home to about 120,000 Tibetans.

    The demonstrators had been making their way back from Ramlila Maidan, a frequently used rallying point, where hundreds of Tibetans had been protesting Mr. Hu’s scheduled visit this week for an economic meeting of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. They regrouped at Jantar Mantar, an 18th-century celestial observatory that is often used as a political stage.

    Shortly before 12:30 p.m. local time, as a minister in the lower house of India’s Parliament was speaking about the self-immolations in Tibet, Mr. Yeshi ran out from behind a gate in flames.

    Afterward, the marchers tried to proceed to the Chinese Embassy but were stopped by the police. “What do we want? We want freedom!” the protesters chanted as they wound their way through the streets waving Tibetan flags. “Who’s the killer? Hu Jintao.”

    The police prevented the marchers from getting close to the Indian Parliament, which was still in session. Demonstrators settled on the pavement at the mouth of Parliament Street as Tenzin Norsang, the joint secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress, who was leading the protest, negotiated with the police.

    Some held placards with the words “Hu Jintao is unwelcome” and a picture of a bloody hand smacking the Chinese president’s face. As the afternoon heat built, they blocked the sun with the placards.

    Leaders of Tibetan groups said Mr. Yeshi, whose first name has also been rendered as Jamphel and Jamyang, had acted alone. “It’s not planned by any organization,” Mr. Norsang said. But he added, “We appreciate his courage.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/world/asia/tibetan-exile-sets-self-afire-in-protest-act.html
     
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    no fire fighting equipment or ambulance present at scene ,typical in India:frusty::frusty::frusty:
     
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    Tibetan 'critical' after immolation bid in Delhi

    Agence France-Presse
    New Delhi, March 27, 2012





    Tibetan exiles attend to Jamphel Yeshi, after he set himself on fire during a protest against the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India in New Delhi. Reuters/Adnan Abidi

    Doctors operated on a Tibetan exile who set himself alight and suffered severe burns in a protest against a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to New Delhi this week, his family said on Tuesday.

    Jamphel Yeshi underwent the procedure overnight at the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the city after he doused himself in fuel and lit his clothes at a demonstration against alleged repression of Tibetans by the Chinese government.

    "His condition is very critical. The doctors had to do an operation to get him breathing," Sonam Wangyal, Yeshi's cousin, told AFP.

    "No one knew of his plans. He did this act to fight for the rights of all the Tibetans."

    Yeshi, 27, ran screaming down the street with his body covered in flames before collapsing on the ground. Fellow protesters tried to beat out the flames, and Yeshi was then taken to hospital.

    Hundreds of Tibetan exiles who live in Delhi have vowed to protest throughout the week as President Hu is due in the city for a summit on Thursday.

    "Our protests will not stop. China has no right to grab Tibet from us," Lobsang Wangyal, a member of the Tibetan Youth Movement in New Delhi, said.

    Since the start of 2011, at least 29 Tibetans, many of them Buddhist monks and nuns, are reported to have set themselves on fire in Tibetan-inhabited areas of China to protest against Chinese rule.

    Many Tibetans in China complain of religious repression as well as a gradual erosion of their culture, which they blame on a growing influx of Han Chinese -- the country's dominant ethnic group -- in areas where they live.

    Tibetan 'critical' after immolation bid in Delhi - Hindustan Times
     
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    This is so sad, But India cant do anymore for them. We have provided them free shelter and support. We have our geo political considerations to look into. I wish Tibetians all the luck in this world. One day those inhuman han's will wither away into nuclear winter.

    FREE TIBET.
     
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    It is time to arm tibetians to the teeth and start a "armed freedom movement".
     
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    Pics are really disturbing... whats more disturbing is people's reaction... can see lots of people busy taking pictures of this tragic incident instead of extinguishing the fire :tsk:
     
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    Yes, they will and together with indians. Happy trip.
     
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    China currently allows Hong Kong its own form of government under One country - Two systems formula.
    Why can't it do the same in Tibet?
     
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    Because Dalai asks far more than what Hong Kong required:

    1. A quarter of China land size
    2. displace all the people who is not tibetan
    3. No chinese army deployed in Tibet

    So, in most of chineses' eyes, he is asking an independence while hongkongness was seeking a genuine autonomy.
     
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    Its the mongol way that will work with Hans.
     
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    RIP young man.
     

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