Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hundreds arrested in China after increasing self-immolation by Tibetans

In a strive to stop the increasing unrest in the country's ethnic Tibetan areas; the Chinese law enforcement agencies have reportedly arrested hundreds of Tibetans in Lhasa – capital of Tibet - after the latest self-immolation by two Buddhist monks last week in protest against China's rule over the Himalayan region.

Hundreds arrested in China after increasing self-immolation by Tibetans
Al Jazeera reported quoting the Tibetan advocacy group Free Tibet and Radio Free Asia that at least 600 Tibetans had been held since the Tibetan men set themselves on fire on Sunday. One of those men died after the act. 

The arrests were made while another Tibetan woman had set herself on fire Wednesday afternoon in Aba prefecture, in southwestern Sichuan province. 

China has already labeled the self-immolators as "terrorists" and criminals, and has held exiled Tibetans and the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, responsible for inflaming the unrest through self-immolations.

According to Tibetan rights groups; 27 deaths have been reported out of about 35 self-immolation attempts by Tibetans since March 2011 in protest against China's 60-year rule over their homeland.

The number could not be independently confirmed because foreign journalists are not allowed to enter in Tibet.

Report Tags: China Unrest, Self-immolations, Dalai Lama, Tibet Dispute, Lhasa, Free Tibet, Radio Free Asia, Political Unrest, Tibetan Arrested, Tibetan self-immolations, terrorism

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