Sunday, February 12, 2012

Teenage Tibetan Nun Sets Self on Fire in China; Did So to Protest China's Policies toward Tibet

An 18-year-old Tibetan nun set herself on fire in western China in the latest such protest against Beijing's handling of the vast ethnic Tibetan regions it rules, the Associated Press website reports today (February 12, 2012).

Free Tibet -- an overseas activist group -- said in a statement that the nun had died after setting herself ablaze yesterday.

The young woman -- identified as Tenzin Choedon -- was a nun at the Mamae Nunnery in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture, Free Tibet said.

At least 18 monks, nuns, and ordinary Tibetans -- in protest against China's policies toward Tibet -- have set themselves on fire over the past year, and 12 have died from their injuries.