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Tibetan nun sets herself alight in protest against Chinese policies in Kirti region

Cairo, Wed, 19 Oct 2011 ANI

Cairo, Oct 19 (ANI): A Tibetan nun has set herself alight while protesting against Chinese policies in the region.


Twenty-year-old Tenzin Wangmo, a member of the Mamae Dechen Choekhorling nunnery, chanted slogans and then set herself on fire using petrol on Monday afternoon. She died at the spot, The Independent reports.


She is the ninth Tibetan to have set herself alight this year in protest against Chinese policies in the region and the first woman to have done so. Seven of the nine have been monks from Kirti monastery in Ngaba county, located just a couple of miles from Tenzin Wangmo's nunnery. Up to four are believed to have died.


"In this area there is a very bad situation. This is the only way they feel they can send a message.I am scared [what will happen] if the government does not stop what it is doing. I'm really scared about how many people will die," Lobsang Choedak, who is based at one of the Kirti monastery's sister establishments in Dharamsala, said.


Observers believe that these protests leading to many immolations are a result of harsh tactics employed by the Chinese authorities at Kirti, which has long been a site of protests against Beijing.


Reports suggest the authorities have made it largely impossible for the monks to lead normal lives, practicing their religious rituals. Thousands of monks have been dispatched home to their villages and others have been forced to undergo so-called "patriotic re-education" classes.


"For solving the problem with this regime, it's not about the death of one or two people. This is self-immolation as part of a great pattern," he added. (ANI)


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