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    Tibetan Self-Immolates in Protest Against Chinese Rule

    Tibetan exiles participate in a candlelit vigil in solidarity after reports of 52-year-old Tamdrin Dorjee's self-immolation in Tsoe Monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province, in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.Tibetan exiles participate in a candlelit vigil in solidarity after reports of 52-year-old Tamdrin Dorjee's self-immolation in Tsoe Monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province, in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
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    Tibetan exiles participate in a candlelit vigil in solidarity after reports of 52-year-old Tamdrin Dorjee's self-immolation in Tsoe Monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province, in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
    Tibetan exiles participate in a candlelit vigil in solidarity after reports of 52-year-old Tamdrin Dorjee's self-immolation in Tsoe Monastery in northwestern China's Gansu province, in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
    VOA News

    An ethnic Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire in a protest against Chinese rule.

    VOA's Tibetan service is reporting that Tamdrin Dorjee killed himself near the Tsoe monastery in northwest China's Gansu province.

    He is believed to be the grandfather of the seventh Gungthang Rinpoche, one of the most revered religious leaders in Amdo Province in northeastern Tibet.

    Witnesses say after setting himself on fire, he shouted "long live Dalai Lama," "free Tibet" and "let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet."

    This latest protest raises the number of self-immolations in Tibetan regions of China to 55 since February 2009.  The Tibetan government-in-exile says 45 of those cases have resulted in deaths.

    China accuses Tibetan exiles of self-immolating as part of a separatist struggle.  But representatives of the Dalai Lama say protesters are driven to self-immolate largely because they cannot tolerate China's policies in Tibet.

    The Dalai Lama is seen as the spiritual leader for Tibetan Buddhists.

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    by: Patriot from: Inner Mongolia
    October 15, 2012 3:20 AM
    China destroyed and occupied our country (Mongolia). We will never give up reuniting Inner Mongolia and outer Mongolia.

    by: sudeep from: mumbai
    October 14, 2012 10:21 AM
    it is very sad that China is destroying Tibetian Culture.It seems that Hans Community have superiority complex and determined to wipe out Tibetian Identity.China is permanent memeber of security council but does not act like a mature power instead it is flexing muscles all over Asia.China needs do introspection

    by: Whys from: Between the Lines
    October 14, 2012 9:46 AM
    China calls them "terrorists".

    by: MrHensl
    October 14, 2012 8:27 AM
    Thank you very much for reporting this issue.
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    by: jack from: china
    October 14, 2012 10:35 PM
    how can a know the truth?how can i know it iis the truth?i just don't know who i can trust。how sad i am!

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