A Tibetan tries to set himself on fire near a Qinghai monastery — Radio Free Asia

A Tibetan man set himself on fire near a police station in a Tibetan area of ​​northwest China’s Qinghai Province and was immediately taken away by authorities without word on his condition, it said on Thursday. Indian sources, a day after the incident.

The man, known only as Tsering Samdup, or Tsering, set himself on fire on Wednesday afternoon outside a Chinese police station near a Buddhist monastery in Kyegudo (in Chinese, Jiegu), in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushul (Yushu) from Qinghai, a Tibetan exile source in India told RFA Tibetan Service.

“The self-immolated Tibetan is a very educated person. He was immediately taken away by Chinese police and no one is allowed to meet or inquire about the self-immolation,” the source told RFA.

“There are no special restrictions in place in Kyegudo at the moment by the Chinese authorities, in order to present a very normal vibe,” the source added.

A report from the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, confirmed the time and location of the incident, but added: ‘No verifiable information on the name and background of the self-immolation is available”.

With Wednesday’s incident, 159 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009, mostly to protest Chinese rule in Tibetan areas, and eight others have committed suicide in Nepal and India, which are home to large populations in exile. .

The previous known self-immolation took place on February 25, when popular contemporary singer Tsewang Norbu, 25, shouted slogans and set himself on fire during a protest outside the iconic Potala Palace in Lhasa. , the regional capital of Tibet.

Tsering’s attempt is the first in Yushul since a series of six self-immolations by men aged 22 to 62 in 2012.

A region of nomads and monasteries that used to be part of the traditional province of Kham in Tibet, Yushul lies at an altitude of 3,700 m (12,100 ft) in the mountainous eastern part of the Tibetan plateau.

Sporadic protests challenging Beijing’s rule of what was an independent nation until the Chinese invasion in 1950 have continued in Tibetan-populated areas of China since widespread protests swept the region ahead of the Games Beijing Olympics in 2008.

High-tech controls on telephone and online communications in Tibetan areas often prevent information about Tibetan protests and arrests from reaching the outside world, and sharing information about self-immolations outside of China can lead to prison sentences.

Chinese authorities maintain a stranglehold on the Himalayan region, limiting Tibetans’ political activities and the peaceful expression of their ethnic and religious identity, and subjecting Tibetans to persecution, torture, imprisonment and extrajudicial executions.

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi for RFA Tibetan Service. Written in English by Paul Eckert.