གཟའ་མིག་དམར། ༢༠༢༢/༡༡/༢༩

Tibetan Sets Himself on Fire in Indian Capital

Indian policemen try to extinguish fire on Sherab Tsedor, a Tibetan resident of New Delhi, outside the Chinese Embassy, New Delhi, November 4, 2011.

A Tibetan exile set himself on fire outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Friday, the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against China.

Police in the Indian capital overpowered 25-year-old Sherab TseDor and extinguished the flames. He was hospitalized with minor burns.

Before his protest, TseDor issued a statement calling for an end to a Chinese crackdown in Tibet. He called on India and other nations to support the Tibetan people's bid for freedom from China.

In southwest China, at least 11 ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent months, demanding greater religious and cultural freedom and the return of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. At least six of the protesters, including Buddhist nuns, have died.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said Friday that Beijing views the suicides as immoral.

But Tibetan activists say the immolations are a reflection of the desperate situation inside Tibet and are not a violation of the teachings of Buddhism.

Thousands of Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama, fled into exile in India following an anti-Chinese uprising in 1959. China's Communist Party leadership says the Dalai Lama is intent on creating an independent Tibet, although the spiritual leader has said often that he would accept autonomy for the region within China.