The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

China calls for crackdown on worsening Tibetan immolations


BEIJING (AFP) - China called for an intensified crackdown on separatism in its Tibetan-inhabited regions, as an advocacy group said repression was encouraging self-immolations in protest at Chinese rule.

Three people have set themselves ablaze since Thursday, two in China's north-western province of Qinghai and one in neighbouring Gansu, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said.

"The Tibetans who are self-immolating - now in more rapid succession - have clearly not been dissuaded by the security buildup or other means of official intimidation," ICT head Mary Beth Markey said in a statement.

"Unless and until there is some initiative that can break through the cycle of repression and protest, I think we all acknowledge that more Tibetans will be prepared to take the agonising action of self-immolation."