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Tibet Slams Beijing Crackdown on Immolation 'Inciters'

In this handout photo released by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, paramilitary policemen are seen closing in on Dorje Rinchen's body after his self-immolation, in Xiahe,  Gansu province, October 23, 2012. In this handout photo released by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, paramilitary policemen are seen closing in on Dorje Rinchen's body after his self-immolation, in Xiahe, Gansu province, October 23, 2012.
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In this handout photo released by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, paramilitary policemen are seen closing in on Dorje Rinchen's body after his self-immolation, in Xiahe,  Gansu province, October 23, 2012.
In this handout photo released by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on December 7, 2012, paramilitary policemen are seen closing in on Dorje Rinchen's body after his self-immolation, in Xiahe, Gansu province, October 23, 2012.
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The Tibetan government-in-exile has sharply criticized the Chinese government's crackdown on those who allegedly "incite self-immolations," arguing that innocent people will likely be targeted.

State media reported this week that a monk and his nephew were detained for inciting eight Tibetan protests in the Kirti monastery in Aba, in China's southwest Sichuan province.

Police said the monk encouraged the protests "on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers," a charge that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has repeatedly denied.

It is the latest attempt by Beijing to stop the wave of nearly 100 self-immolations against Chinese rule that have taken place since 2009.

Tibetan Self-Immolations through December 10, 2012.Tibetan Self-Immolations through December 10, 2012.
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Tibetan Self-Immolations through December 10, 2012.
Tibetan Self-Immolations through December 10, 2012.
In October, VOA reported that Chinese authorities offered large cash rewards for information on those who plan or incite self-immolations.

Lobsang Chodak, the media coordinator at the Dharamsala-India-based government-in-exile, said in an interveiw with VOA that he "absolutely" believes that innocent people will be targeted for alleged involvement in self-immolations, which he says are carried out by individuals, not groups.

"This is ridiculous," he said. "The Chinese government should address the root cause of the problem, not create problems for innocent Tibetans. They have nothing to do with those Tibetans who are self-immolating. They are doing it on their own."

Chodak said charges such as those against the monk and his nephew are not justified, and that any measures that further "stifle the voice of the Tibetan people" will only make the situation more desperate.

"These are absolutely baseless charges," said Chodak. "Instead of addressing the grievances, they are resorting to a blame game, and we believe these repressive measures will further increase the resentment of the Tibetan people. This will not solve the tragic situation in Tibet.

Chodak said the exiled Central Tibetan Administration has "repeatedly urged" Tibetans not to take "drastic actions." But he says in spite of this, the self-immolations persist.

A Tuesday editorial in the Communist Party's People's Daily again blamed the protests on the "Dalai Lama clique," which it said "embodies the special characteristics of an 'evil cult.'"

Beijing, which views Tibet as a non-negotiable part of its territory, accuses the exiled Dalai Lama of inciting the self-immolations to promote Tibetan separatism. The Dalai Lama has often said he is not pushing for Tibetan independence, but for greater autonomy.

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by: victory from: us
January 03, 2013 6:33 AM
No matter whatever the cause of the suicide, be it political or personal, and whatever the purpose of the suicide, be it noble or common, anyone who assists suicide should be condemned and/or indicted.


by: Wangchuk from: NYC
December 14, 2012 10:47 AM
No one has been inciting or encouraging the Tibetan self-immolations. Many of them hide their intent so family members & friends won't discourage them. They are doing so because they have no other way of protesting. If they peacefully protest, they are arrested & tortured. If they speak up, they are censored & silenced. The CCP has given Tibetans no other choice. Tibetans are losing their fear of CCP repression & showing the Party that they are in control of their own lives, not the CCP. What China is doing in Tibet is criminal & barbaric. They have colonized Tibet & turned it into a police state. The UN must send a fact-finding team. The US/EU should do everything they can to stop PRC human rights violations in Tibet. Free Tibet Now!

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by: Ian from: USA
December 16, 2012 4:12 PM
To Jonathan,
Do you even have a modicum of human compassion? or you just write these pro-chinese communist propaganda because you are born chinese?
Remember, next life you may be born a tibetan to experience and understand their suffering under the hands of your present comrades. So be kind .
You are comparing the tibetans who burn themselves for the sake of their people & their Tibet with the crazy guy in Connecticut .
They could have kill some chinese by blowing themselves up where the chinese are. Did you notice the tibetans did not do that ? Why? have you considered that out of their compassionate hearts, the tibetans did not even kill their chinese enemies?
Just hearing you equate the crazy guy who slaughtered 20 kids with the self-sacrifying tibetans , people can easily see how dark your heart and how twisted your mind is .

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by: Ian from: USA
December 16, 2012 1:36 PM
I pray that the Tibetans will one day have their country back.
I suggest that all and anyone in the world who say that they are buddhists should try to support the Tibetans in their struggle against the nazist chinese and boycott chinese products until the Tibetans are free .

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by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
December 16, 2012 1:10 AM
really? send a "fact-finding" team? like the one US sent to Iraq for finding the WMD? or the one UN sent to Iran to find evidences of Iran building nuke weapons?
Why those committed self immolation most teens and monks? BECAUSE they are easy targets of brainwashing by Dalai! BTW, suicidal happens everywhere anytime around the world. The gunman killed 20 kids in US, was he also protesting US government's repression?

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by: T.N.S. from: California
December 14, 2012 11:53 PM
China should be criminally charged for causing all the self immolations in Tibet.

T.N.S.


by: Kenelm from: USA
December 12, 2012 8:00 AM
I'm sorry to hear that here. no one has the right to take away the life from others beside himself. it is not worth of kill self to achieve some targets, life is so valuable that everyone should value it.


by: kissrain from: CHINA
December 12, 2012 6:42 AM
I support what Victor had said.You American is powerful,but how can you decide which is right and which is wrong?The goverment is protecting our Chinese life.And you wish our country is in war.

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by: Ian from: USA
December 12, 2012 11:25 AM
Where do you get the idea that American is powerful ?
and by the way we don't decide which is right and which is wrong either for you! we don't wish your country is in war either !
where would we buy those trinkets ? we depend on you for sure!
I believe China is very powerful and dangerous and maybe even more so in the future . In fact you decide your own country's fate when you invaded Tibet in 1949, and now you get more greedy , starting to flex more muscles to claim more land and sea around south east Asia as your own .
Don't blame anybody else for the problems that you created, we did not tell you to do these things, no other countries in the world forces you to do it either , ok !


by: Banlas from: Asia
December 12, 2012 4:57 AM
They are brainwashed to self-immolate just like the Muslim religious jihadis. Religious is a poison to human.

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by: Ian from: USA
December 12, 2012 11:06 AM
really!
"religious is a poison to human"
and what would you call the things that your leaders Stalin & Mao & uncle Ho and their kind spilled out of their mouths ? sweet honey ?
How many peoples did they order to be killed , incite to be killed ? oh, well only a few millions...
I did not see a statue of God anywhere, only replicas of Mao , Stalin, and Ho's likeness & their mummified corpses worshiped like God.
What do you call those modern Gods that you blindly pay homage to? Ambrosia ?


by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
December 11, 2012 11:54 PM
Tibet is free. Free from the enslavement by the aristocrats and the Dalai Lama faction of the Buddhist sect. Free from the dress slave Tibetan owners who treated the poor Tibetans as subjects and properties.
Ask the poor and the non-upper class Tibetan, would they rather lived under Dalai or the current regime. Most of the exiles are of upper-class and status. Their properties were confiscated for land redistribution. That's why they hate the commies. This ain't about freedom of religion but consolidation of power with religion ruling state. The Ayatollah aren't that different from the good old boy Dalai.
Yes, the ccp probably hunted down those religious fervent, like the ones who set themselves on fire and the ones who still advocate Tibet as an independent state. I can actually imagine that many gov't would do the same if one of its largest state try to segregate and declare independence. Look at Texas, see how many civilians were murdered. Look at Georgia. Chechnya, the Tamil tigers, Palestine. See the hypocrisy here.

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by: Wangchuk from: NYC
December 14, 2012 10:50 AM
Jon Huang is well-known here as an agent of the CCP. He's 50 Cent Party paid to post pro-CCP messages. Every word out of him is right from the Party line. He has no independent voice. He's pro-colonialism, pro-fascism, pro-torture & anti-human rights & democracy. He parrots everything you can read on Xinhua.


by: Victor from: Germany
December 11, 2012 6:09 PM
I really argry for VOA news which arouse Worldwide attention on the wrong information, the immolation is lead by Dala,a severe political villain, our police only do the right thing to protect citizen from confilct. USA never know how our government to protect Tibet citizens and develop Tibet rural lifelevel by economy development. Please don't spread the news without any survey. please don't spread the news only by author's imagination!

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by: Wangchuk from: NYC
December 14, 2012 10:51 AM
Victor sounds like yet another agent of the CCP, parroting Xinhua & the Party line. If what the CCP says is true, why do they prevent the UN & independent investigators into Tibetan areas to uncover the truth? What does the CCP have to hide?

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by: kissrain from: CHINA
December 12, 2012 6:48 AM
Thank you.I'm a Chinese,you are kind and just.


by: Redcliff from: Aus
December 11, 2012 6:08 PM
I find it difficult to follow these sort of Claims and Counter Claims by "spin doctors" on both sides. What is right and wrong is getting very unclear here.
All I can say is what a waste of life but can't help feeling sorry to their loved ones.
My understanding of the Buddhism is that one should value life and it is forbidden to take away life of any living creature.


by: Jeff Parkinson from: Ontario
December 11, 2012 3:03 PM
For those wondering, self-immolation is the act of committing suicide by setting yourself on fire usually in a public place & in protest of something.

Personally I find the idea of someone "inciting" others to do this improbable, but that may simply be because I'm not into setting myself on fire.

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by: T.N.S. from: California, U.S.A.
December 14, 2012 12:05 PM
Self immolations I encourage not
Nor deprivation of freedom do I encourage
Violence I encourage not
Nor illegal occupation do I encourage

Self immolations occur
Because of deprivation of freedom
Violence occurs
Because of illegal occupation

Stop the deprivation of freedom
And the self immolations will stop
Stop the illegal occupation
And the violence will stop

T.N.S.

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