Tibetan self-immolates in India

Monday, 26 March 2012
Photo: Manish Swarup/Associated Press

Self-immolation and large protest in Indian capital

Jampa Yeshi, a 26-year-old Tibetan, set himself on fire in the Indian capital New Delhi today at a demonstration ahead of a visit by Chinese president Hu Jintao.

His current well-being is unknown with conflicting reports coming out of Delhi as to whether he is alive or not.

He ran for 50m in flames as more than 600 hundred protesters demonstrated outside the Indian parliament against China's rule over Tibet.

Protestors beat out flames

The protester carried out the self-immolation as he ran near the speakers at the rally. Fellow protesters beat out the flames with Tibetan flags they were carrying.

He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for severe burns.

According to a senior police officer, he left Tibet five years ago and had been living in a Tibetan neighbourhood in Delhi

Reflecting Tibet situation

His actions mirror the 29 Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in the last 12 months.

These self-immolations are part of wider protests currently taking place in Tibet which have led to hundreds of Tibetans being detained. In some instances the Chinese authorities have used lethal force against unarmed protesters.

'Tibet is not part of China'

The protesters, carrying banners and posters, marched across New Delhi to a central plaza near the Indian Parliament. Some carried posters saying 'Tibet is burning' and 'Tibet is not part of China'.

One witness, Tenzin Dorjee, said: 'This is what China faces unless they give freedom to Tibet.'

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.

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