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Update: Chinese police beat 1 Tibetan to death after 2 burn themselves in Ngaba

August 13, 2012

August 14, 2012 - Fresh reports coming out of Tibet say a Tibetan man was beaten to death by the police after two more Tibetans self-immolated in Ngaba in north-eastern Tibet yesterday. A large number of Tibetans were also severely injured in the police beating.

The Central Tibetan Administration has strongly condemned the use of force by the Chinese authorities in dealing with the peaceful Tibetan protestors and urge them to exercise utmost restraint. 
Lungtok, 20, a monk of Kirti monastery, and Tashi, 21,  a former monk of Kirti monastery, shouted slogans while walking on the main street in Ngaba with their bodies engulfed in flame. They were forcibly taken away by the police, but local people fear they might not survive due to severe burning.  
Immediately after the incident, a large number of police were deployed at the site after local Tibetans raised slogans in protest. The police beat the Tibetans with spiked batons, leaving one Tibetan dead with his entire head covered with blood, and many severely injured.  
Additional contingent of armed police have been deployed throughout the Ngaba region.

A latest report says one the self-immolators, Lungtok, has died in Barkham. 

With the latest two self-immolations, 49 Tibetans have so far set themselves on fire demanding His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet and crying for freedom for Tibetans.

Media contacts:
Mr Tashi, Secretary for Information
+91 9816843798
Mr Lobsang Choedak, Press Officer
+91 98822 32476


Voice of America - August 13, 2012

Two more self-immolations reported

Tibetan exile sources tell VOA (Tibetan service) that two more Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in their homeland.

They say the self-immolations took place Monday evening local time in the Ngaba region of Sichuan province, neighboring Tibet.

No other information was immediately available.

The latest immolations bring to about 50 the number of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire since March of 2009 in protest of Chinese rule in Tibet.

Tibetans have grown increasingly frustrated about what they see as the Chinese government's limitations on their religion and culture — a charge Beijing denies.

The Chinese government has described the self-immolations as barbaric terrorist acts. It accuses overseas groups and Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, of inciting separatism.

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