Tibetan sets himself on fire in front of shrine in Nepal
Tibetans-in-exile hold a candlelight vigil following the self-immolation attempt by a monk in Kathmandu on February 13, 2013.
February 14th, 2013
04:50 AM ET

Tibetan sets himself on fire in front of shrine in Nepal

From Manesh Shrestha, for CNN

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) - A Tibetan man set himself on fire in front of a famous Buddhist shrine in the Nepalese capital on Wednesday, police said, becoming the latest Tibetan to adopt this harrowing form of protest over Chinese rule.

Self-immolation began as a form of protest among Tibetans in China in February 2009, when a young monk set himself ablaze. In March 2011, another young monk followed in his footsteps, becoming the first to die. Scores of others have since followed suit.

The number of Tibetans in China who have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing's rule has now reached 100, according to Tibetan advocacy groups.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Buddhism • Dalai Lama • Tibet

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Sara Howells

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcyW7rMYR7A&autoplay=1&w=420&h=315%5D

    February 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  2. Sara Howells


    February 15, 2013 at 9:15 am |

  3. You know that it would be untrue
    You know that I would be a liar
    If I was to say to you
    Girl, we couldn't get much higher

    Come on baby, light my fire
    Come on baby, light my fire
    Try to set the night on fire

    February 14, 2013 at 9:13 am |
  4. myweightinwords

    This is something I just do not understand. How does setting yourself on fire protest anything? Shouldn't a protest affect the person/government/organization you're protesting (impact their business, remove revenue by not buying a product, etc?)

    What does setting yourself on fire accomplish?

    February 14, 2013 at 9:09 am |
  5. AtheistSteve

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    February 14, 2013 at 8:06 am |
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      February 14, 2013 at 8:05 am |
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    Prayer changes things

    February 14, 2013 at 7:53 am |
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      February 14, 2013 at 8:03 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      February 14, 2013 at 8:03 am |
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      February 14, 2013 at 8:43 am |
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