Tenth Tibetan Monk Sets Himself on Fire

China calls it a form of 'terrorist activity'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2011 11:51 AM CDT
Exiled Tibetans participate in a protest vigil to remember Tibetans who have self-immolated in Tibet this year, in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

(Newser) – The recent self-immolation craze may have started in Tunisia, but no one’s been as devoted to it as Tibet’s Buddhist monks. Yet another monk reportedly set himself on fire yesterday in protest of Chinese rule, making him the tenth to do so since March, according to the AP. The report comes from the London-based Free Tibet movement, but it was unable to confirm the monk’s name, age, condition, or whereabouts.

Chinese officials likewise said they could not confirm the report, but a spokesman reiterated that the government condemns such protests and blames the Dalai Lama for them. “Inciting people to kill themselves in such a cruel manner is a violent and terrorist activity,” the spokesman said. The Tibetan government-in-exile considers the self-immolations tragic acts of protest.

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