The Hush Post: A 62-year-old Tibetan monk set himself ablaze in southwest China in protest against China’s presence in Tibet. He is the fifth person to self-immolate himself in a year. Tenga, a monk and volunteer teacher died after setting himself on fire on Sunday in Sichuan province, said the International Campaign for Tibet which has headquarters in Washington. The group said he was the 151st Tibetan to self-immolate since 2009. Earlier this year, another resident Wangchuk Tseten also burnt himself alive.
London-based campaign group called Free Tibet cited a friend of Tenga was present at the scene as saying the monk shouted, “We want freedom in Tibet,” before he threw himself in to the fire. In a one minute video of the incident, a man is seen burning on a street before a crowd, as some quietly recited prayers. Uniformed firemen then surrounded the man and tried to put out the flames with blankets.
Beijing says its troops “peacefully liberated” Tibet in 1951, but many Tibetans accuse the Communist central government of religious repression and erosion of the Tibetan culture. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled into exile after a failed uprising in 1959.
Ever since the Chinese occupation in Tibet, the Chinese have been accused of genocide by the Tibetan living inside Tibet and abroad. They have been accused of systematic conversion of the Tibetan population by the Chinese government many of them have been coerced into marriages with Chinese and settled in mainland China in order to erode the core cultural values of Tibet.