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Nepal: An exile Tibetan attempts self-immolation in Kathmandu

November 4, 2011

http://www.dossiertibet.it/node/11264
02/11/2011
An exile Tibetan woman in Nepal attempted to immolate herself in protest after police forces repeatedly curbed what was a largely peaceful demonstration by Tibetan refugees on Wednesday.The woman, identified as Sonam Choedon, who is a member of pro-independence Tibetan youth group, doused herself in keresone and attempted to light fire but was immediately overpowered and stopped by other Tibetans at the site of the protest at Jawalakhel Tibetan settlement in Kathmandu today.Choedon was apparently angered by police’s heavy-handed response to the peaceful demonstration by Tibetans and later attempted to burn herself in a fit of anger.
The incident followed arrest by Nepali police on Tuesday of more than 100 Tibetans who gathered to offer a prayer service in honor of ten Tibetans who immolated in Tibet in recent months to demand end to Beijing’s rule in Tibet and the return of Dalai Lama.
The source said police went on an arbitrary arrest drive randomly detaining Tibetans mostly from the protest venue at Jawalakhel and curtailed movement of Tibetans in the Capital most of whom were forcefully confined to their home following the incident of Choedon’s immolation bid.
Nepal subscribes to the policy of ‘one-China’ accepting Tibet as an integral part of its giant northern neighbor and regularly prohibits what it calls “anti-China activities” on its soil. China, in return, aids the Himalayan region economically.
Around 20,000 Tibetans live as refugees in Nepal.

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