Tibet : Tibetan protester hospitalized
A Tibetan protester who set himself ablaze this week is being treated under guard in a hospital.Ngawang Norphel, 22, was one of two young Tibetans who self-immolated on Wednesday in Dzatoe township, Tridu county,in a protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.His companion, Tenzin Khedup, 24, died at the scene.The two had left behind a letter urging Tibetan national unity and saying they felt unable to make a meaningful contribution to fellow Tibetans under Beijing’s rule.After the self-immolation, the monks of Zikar monastery took the body of Tenzin Khedup, who died on the spot, and also Ngawang Norphel, who was badly burned, to the monastery.Shortly afterward, Chinese police arrived at the monastery in two vehicles to take Ngawang Norphel for medical treatment.
The monks did not trust the Chinese and demanded to go with him.Two monks were finally allowed to accompany Ngawang Norphel to Xining, where they arrived at around 3:00, with Norphel admitted to hospital about an hour later.
The two monks who were allowed to travel with him were stopped at the door of the hospital, and are now being guarded by three Chinese police officers.
The Tibetans present at the scene of the two men’s fiery protest shouted slogans in support, calling for freedom for Tibet and for the long life of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.Some of the protesters were heard shouting ‘We will always be with you,’ and ‘We will fulfill your wishes,’”.