China still doesn’t seem to have an answer, other than to swear that they’ll smash the ‘Dalai clique’ even harder:
Two Tibetans set themselves on fire Friday in restive Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) prefecture in China’s Sichuan province, protesting against Chinese rule and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, according to sources and an advocacy group.
One of them, a monk, is believed to have died, they said.
They were the first self-immolations this year after a dozen such incidents in 2011 stemming from, according to rights groups, the “desperate” situation facing Tibetans as Chinese authorities pursued a security clampdown.
“One layperson and a monk did set their bodies on fire at Ngaba town,” a Tibetan who witnessed the incidents told RFA.
“It is a damning indictment of the international community that 14 people, in different parts of Tibet, have now chosen to set themselves on fire and the international community has failed to respond.
“We can only expect that such acts of protest will continue for as long as world leaders turn a blind eye to the desperate situation in Tibet,” she said.
Based on reports from secondary sources, Free Tibet said one of them who self-immolated Friday was heard calling for the return of Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is living in exile in India, before Chinese forces extinguished the flames and removed him.