Tibet : Protesting Monk Succumbs to Burns
One of two Tibetan monks involved in the latest self immolation protests against Chinese rule in Tibet has died.News of the death of Chime Palden, 21, was conveyed to a group of about 100 Tibetans who had mobbed a hospital where the two monks were taken to after the self-immolation on Friday in Barkham.Chinese security forces initially refused to comply with the demands of the protesting Tibetans, detaining and beating a few of them, but later relented when the situation became tense.The authorities informed the Tibetans that Chime Palden had already been cremated while the other monk, Tenpa Thargyal, 22, is in critical condition.His remains were handed over on Saturday to the Gyalrong Tsodun Kirti monastery in Barkham, from where the two monks who self-immolated came from.
As Tibetans converged Saturday for Chime Palden's funeral prayers at the monastery, Chinese authorities dispatched security forces to the institution but they were stopped on the way by groups of protesting Tibetans.
The tense situation was defused by religious department officials with a compromise that the Tibetans refrain from launching mass protests and the security forces return to the barracks.
The unending self-immolation protests by Tibetans have resulted in a Chinese security clampdown in Tibet.