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Tibetan Mother of 4 Self-Immolates in Western China

Tibetan sources say a 30-year-old mother of four set herself ablaze Sunday in China's western Sichuan province, in an apparent protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.
 
Witnesses say the Tibetan woman, identified as Kalkyi, died on the spot.  As she was engulfed with flames, it was impossible to hear what she was saying.
 
Local Tibetans were able to take her body to a local monastery where monks performed spiritual rituals and prayers.
 
A source told VOA's Tibetan language service that Chinese officials and security personnel arrived at the monastery shortly after the incident and ordered the body cremated.
 
More than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009 to protest what they say is Chinese repression of their culture. China denies the charges and says the suicide protests are acts of terrorism.

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by: Wangchuk from: NYC
March 26, 2013 2:45 PM
The situation in Tibetan areas is dire. Tibetans have no freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly or freedom of movement. Tibetans who travel to other areas are routinely searched by police while Han Chinese can travel freely in Tibetan areas. Foreign journalists & human rights investigators are banned from Tibetan areas except by govt tours. Instead of easing restrictions on Tibetans, the CCP has turned the entire Tibetan Plateau into a giant police state. Tibetans want freedom but the CCP won't us any & treats Tibetans as second class subjects w/ no rights whatsoever.

by: Life from: Toronto
March 25, 2013 1:53 PM
End all self-immolation immediately!

by: Wu Chan from: China
March 25, 2013 9:36 AM
End Chinese Imperialist occupation of Tibet!

by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
March 24, 2013 7:11 PM
Self immolations make headlines, but that's all. Headlines are soon forgotten, lives are lost forever.

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