Tibetans in India launch drive against China to end self-immolations
NEW DELHI (AFP) - The Tibetan government-in-exile in India on Tuesday announced plans for a four-day campaign to bring global pressure on China in a bid to end a string of self-immolations in their Himalayan homeland.
Mr Penpa Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan parliament in-exile based in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala, said the drive would include rallies and meetings and begin in New Delhi on Wednesday.
"The situation is getting more and more grim," Mr Tsering said at a joint news conference with Mr Lobsang Sangay, who in 2011 took over political duties from revered Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and was named prime minister.
The two leaders said 99 Tibetans had self-immolated between 2009 and Jan 22 this year in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.