Tenth Tibetan Self Immolates in Anti-China Protest

Dawa Tsering

Another Tibetan monk has set himself ablaze today around 9:30 am local time in the town of Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) in the Kardze prefecture of China’s Sichuan province.

Dawa Tsering, the 38-year-old monk of Kardze Monastery called for the return of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and reunification of Tibetans in and outside Tibet when he set himself on fire.

Dawa Tsering
Dawa Tsering
Tibetan exile sources with contacts in the area say Chinese authorities have intensified security presence at the Kardze monastery.

It is the tenth such self-immolation incident since March. Nine other Tibetans have set themselves ablaze since March, mostly in the southwestern province of Sichuan, to protest what they consider China's religious repression. Last week, two Tibetans including a nun,set themselves ablaze.

Tensions have bristled in eastern Tibet after the Chinese authorities in Beijing ordered a curb on religious freedom by forcing monks into patriotic education sessions. Officials made monks renounce their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and study communism.

Last week, the U.S. State Department called on Beijing to resolve the underlying grievances of China’s Tibetan population.

China routinely rejects such warnings, calling them interference in its internal affairs.