“11th self-immolation in Tibet”

This time in Kardze, not far removed from Ngaba (via ICT):

Dawa Tsering, a monk in his thirties from Kardze Monastery in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prececture in Sichuan, set fire to himself on the morning of October 25, becoming the 11th Tibetan to have self-immolated since March 2009, and the tenth since March of this year.

Details from various exiled sources indicate that Dawa Tsering was still alive immediately after monks and other people attending a religious ritual at the monastery extinguished the flames, although his current condition and whereabouts are not clear.

One source indicated he was initially taken to hospital before monks then took him back to the monastery to prevent his arrest by police arriving at the hospital at around the same time; another source indicated he refused medical treatment and pleaded not to be taken to hospital. Both sources suggested however that Dawa Tsering was at the monastery in the care of other monks and laypeople, who were preventing Chinese police – stationed at the monastery in large numbers since the Tibet-wide protests of 2008 – from interrogating or detaining him.

In February 2009, the first of the 11 Tibetans to self-immolate – Tapey, a monk from Kirti Monastery also in eastern Tibet – was shot several times by police even while he was still engulfed in flames, according to eye-witness accounts. Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, acknowledged Tapey’s self-immolation but denied police had shot him. Tapey’s current condition and whereabouts are not known.

Other sources are saying that China is sending in even more security forces, which is sure to help the situation…

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