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Burned Monk Refuses Treatment

November 9, 2011


Tibetan protester had called for Tibetan unity as he set himself on fire.

Photo appears courtesy of International Campaign for Tibet

Dawa Tsering in an undated photo.

A Tibetan monk badly burned last month in a self-immolation in China’s
Sichuan province has refused a Chinese offer of medical help, saying
that he regrets not having died in his protest, according to a Tibetan

Dawa Tsering, 31, set himself ablaze on Oct. 25 during an annual
gathering at a monastery in the Kardze (in Chinese, Ganzi) Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture after calling on Tibetans to unite against
Beijing’s rule in Tibetan-populated areas, witnesses said.

Eleven self-immolation protests, in which at least six are believed to
have died, have taken place in Tibetan-populated areas in China so far
this year, a trend which Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says
highlights the “cultural genocide” facing Tibetans.

Tsering was rushed to a Kardze hospital in a monastery vehicle after
the flames were extinguished by fellow monks.  But he refused medical
treatment and was brought back to his monastery with severe burns and
wrapped in bandages.

“On Nov. 7, three government officials accompanied by a doctor visited
Dawa Tsering’s room in the Kardze monastery,” a Kardze monk told RFA,
speaking on condition of anonymity.

“All were dressed like Chinese,” he said.

“Only the doctor spoke. He tried to convince Dawa Tsering to go to a
major hospital for treatment free of charge, but the injured monk did
not respond to the offer."

"In fact, he refused to utter even a word,” the monk said.

Kardze monastery has assigned a group of eight monks to provide care
for Dawa Tsering, and his brother-in-law, a medical professional, is
also looking after him, the monk said.

“He does not want to receive any treatment from a Chinese hospital.”

“[In fact], Dawa Tsering regrets not having died in the act of burning
in his cause,” he said.

'Cultural genocide'

The wave of self-immolations comes amid a crackdown on Tibetan
monasteries and harassment of monks by Chinese authorities.

Tibetans face "cultural genocide" under hardline Chinese rule, which
is fueling the self-immolations, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama told reporters in Tokyo on Monday, Agence France-Presse

"Chinese communist propaganda creates a very rosy picture. But
actually, including many Chinese from mainland China who visit Tibet,
they all have the impression things are terrible," the Dalai Lama

"Some kind of policy, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place,"
the 76-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader said.

Witnesses to the self-immolations say that Chinese police have at
times beaten the burning protesters and others nearby instead of
providing assistance.

China has accused the Dalai Lama, who fled his homeland for India in
1959, of instigating the burnings as a form of "terrorism in

Tensions in the Tibet Autonomous Region and in Tibetan-populated areas
in China's provinces have not subsided since anti-China riots swept
through the Tibetan Plateau in March 2008.

On Monday, the Dalai Lama flew from Japan to Mongolia for a religious
trip, triggering protests from China.

Beijing said Tuesday it had lodged an official protest against the
visit, a day after Tibet's exiled spiritual leader arrived in the
landlocked nation.

"China is always against any country providing a stage for the Dalai
Lama's anti-China splittist activities in any form," China's Foreign
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

Reported by RFA’s Kham Tibetan service. Translations by Karma Dorjee.
Written in English by Richard Finney.

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