India: Tibetan catches fire in a protest against the visit of Chinese President
New Delhi, March 26, 2012
A Tibetan man set himself on fire during a protest in the Indian capital, with the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao.
The man identified as Jamphel Yeshi, 27, protested near the Indian Parliament when his body was covered with flames and ran about 50 meters and fall.
Young finished with 98% of his body burned and his condition is critical. He had escaped from Tibet in 2006 and the last two years had lived in New Delhi.
At least 600 protesters had joined the demonstration with signs that read “Tibet is on fire”, “Tibet is not part of China.”
At least 30 people in Tibet have been set on fire last year in protest against Chinese rule in their homeland.
The Dalai Lama has accused China of ruthless policy by self-immolation. Meanwhile, China accuses Dalai Lama of inciting riots.
The Asian giant says Tibet has always been part of its territory. Tibetans say the Himalayan region was virtually independent for centuries.