Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Nepal

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan exile set himself on fire in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Thursday, the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese policy in Tibet.

Police say the man was dressed in monk's clothing and had a Tibetan flag wrapped around himself. He chanted “long, live Tibet,” before setting himself on fire. Police say the man's friends quickly put out the flames, and the group left the scene.

The protest took place at the holy Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath.

In southwest China, at least 11 ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent months, demanding greater religious and cultural freedom. A Tibetan exile also took part in a self-immolation protest in the Indian capital last week. At least five of the protesters have died.

China has blamed exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for inciting the violence and called the self-immolation demonstrations immoral. The Tibetan government in exile denies encouraging the protests.

More than 20,000 Tibetan exiles are living in Nepal, after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. Nepal has prohibited demonstrations by Tibetan exiles and cracked down on such gatherings in recent years as part of its “one-China” policy.