Tibetan protest in Nepal

13th February 2013

Man sets fire to himself in Kathmandu

A Tibetan man set himself alight in protest against China’s occupation of Tibet earlier today.

The incident took place in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.

Tibetan self-immolation

Witnesses said a man in monk’s robes entered a cafe in the city’s Boudhanath district and asked to use the bathroom. After spending some time there, he reappeared on the street and set himself on fire.

The district is home to many Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries. Nearly 100 Tibetans in Tibet have self-immolated in protest against Chinese rule since 2009. Read the full list

Protesting China’s occupation

It is reported that the man, who is yet to be identified, chanted slogans opposing Chinese rule in Tibet.

Local people said the man was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Thousands of Tibetans live in Nepal and thousands more pass through the country, escaping Chinese repression, on their way into exile.

Tibetan independence

This protest takes place as Tibetans all over the world are marking the 100th anniversary of a decree by the 13th Dalai Lama which asserts Tibet’s independence.

This is not the first self-immolation protest to take place outside Tibet. Last year Jampa Yeshi a 26-year-old Tibetan, set himself on fire in the Indian capital New Delhi, ahead of a visit by Chinese president Hu Jintao.

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