Tibet : Nun Self-immolates in Ngaba
A Tibetan Buddhist nun set herself on fire on Saturday in the latest self-immolation against Chinese rule.Tenzin Choedron, aged 18 and from the Mamo Nunnery in the Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, shouted slogans against the Chinese government as she was burning before security forces hauled her away.Choedron was the 23rd Tibetan—and the third nun—to have self-immolated since February 2009 when Beijing stepped up a clampdown on monasteries and rounded up hundreds of protesting monks.She did not die on the spot, but soldiers and police came immediately and took her away, towards Barkham.After that, soldiers surrounded the nunnery and sealed it off, and nothing more is known of the situation inside.
Ngaba, where nun Choedron self-immolated Saturday, has been the scene of persistent protests over the last year.
Her Mamo or Dechen Choekorling Nunnery houses 350 nuns and is one of the biggest nunneries in Ngaba. It is close to the Kirti monastery which has been under continuous siege by Chinese security forces and from where hundreds of monks have been taken away by security forces last year.
Nuns from Mamo nunnery had been in the forefront of protests against Chinese rule. They took part in a protest in March 2008 and faced harsh questioning from Chinese security forces, according to exile monks.