Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Tibetan protester sets himself on fire in the name of freedom

This Tibetan protester, Jamphel Yeshi, yesterday set himself on fire and sprinted for 50m through New Delhi, in a demonstration during the Chinese president's visit to India. Jamphel Yeshi carried out the self-immolation as he ran near the speakers at a rally near the Indian Parliament in the country's capital. He was on fire for about two minutes, but some of his clothing had disintegrated and his skin was mottled with black, burned patches by the time he was driven to a hospital. Yeshi and other Tibetans protesters who now live in India were demonstrating against China's rule over Tibet and the Chinese President's arrival in India later this week for a summit meeting. Consequently the Tibetan sustained burns on 98 per cent of his body and he was rushed to the hospital where his condition was described as critical.
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