100th Tibetan self-immolates in China, advocacy groups say
Tibetans-in-exile hold a candlelight vigil following the self-immolation attempt by a monk in Kathmandu on February 13, 2013.
February 14th, 2013
05:42 AM ET

100th Tibetan self-immolates in China, advocacy groups say

The number of Tibetans in China who have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing's rule has reached 100, according to Tibetan advocacy groups.

Lobsang Namgyal, a 37-year-old former monk, set himself on fire earlier this month in Aba prefecture, known in Tibetan as Ngaba, an ethnically Tibetan area of the Chinese province of Sichuan, according to Free Tibet, a London-based advocacy group.

"This grim milestone should be a source of shame to the Chinese authorities who are responsible and to the world leaders who have yet to show any leadership in response to the ongoing crisis in Tibet," said Stephanie Brigden, the director of Free Tibet.

Self-immolation has become a desperate form of protest in recent years for ethnic Tibetans unhappy with Chinese rule, and it shows no sign of abating.

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  1. Hawzer

    Nothing like a round number to make it sound like a celebration. Let's all party! Number 100! Woo! Yay!

    February 14, 2013 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bubba

    This is why they outlaw smoking in public places.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wangchuk

    The situation inside Tibet is very dire. Tibet has been under occupation by Communist China for over 60 years. Tibetans have no rights or freedoms and live in a police state. The Chinese Govt treats Tibetans as 2nd class citizens and engages in racial discrimination against Tibetans. The world asks the CCP to stop abusing Tibetans but they ignore the pleas of the world. Tibetans face a powerful enemy in the CCP but truth & justice are on our side. One party dictatorships don't last past their 70th decade and the CCP is nearing its end. When the CCP is gone, Tibet, China & Xinjiang will finally be free.

    February 14, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • TTGR

      Since we also live in a totalitarian police state, I fail to see what anyone expects us to do beyond suffer and die under the boots of tyrants. Insanity is the rule, not the exception. Good times.

      February 14, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And what state would that be?

      February 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ banasy: please, Ma'am, stop beating me to comments.
      @ TTGR: if you are saying that the USA is "a totalitarian police state," you might profit from joining the 12-step program, Outlaws Anonymous.

      February 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beni Haha

      Yeah, TTGR! Report to the nearest re-education facility at once for your mandatory 12-step program!! You nutbar!
      How can you say this is a totalitarian police state when it's really just an authoritarian police state? Get a clue!

      February 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • amazed

      TTGR Have your graduated from grade school yet?

      February 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • amazed

      How does a country like china go so far of the rails?

      February 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smartazz

    And as he burns, everyone gathers and sings a rendition of "You light up my life." or "Burn bay burn (Disco inferno)"

    February 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |