Buddhist monk reportedly self-Immolates in Kyegudo County, Tibet
Dharamshala — A Buddhist monk reportedly set himself alight on Thursday, July 9, in the Kyegudo county of eastern Tibet, according to exile sources.
The monk set himself on fire near Gesar Square in Kyegudo County, Kham Province of Eatern Tibet, around 5pm (local time) protesting against China's repressive policies in Tibet, sources said. But it cannot be confirmed, due to severe restrictions on communications in the area.
According to Sonam, a Tibetan living in exile, a large number of armed police forces were also deployed in the area following the self-immolation protest.
A graphic image of burning body of a monk, believed to be the latest self-immolation protest in Tibet, is circulated on social media. However, his name and other details of the incident are not available immediately.
More than 140 confirmed self-immolation protests have taken place inside Tibet. They have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.
In Tibet today, Tibetans are being arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned and tortured for merely expressing their suffering under Chinese rule. However, authorities in Beijing still claim that "China 'peacefully liberated' Tibet, and that the "Tibetans are living in a Maoist socialist paradise."
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