26 Nov '11, 1pm

China official blames Tibetan lama for immolations

China official blames Tibetan lama for immolations

BEIJING - A Chinese religious official has accused a high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist close to the Dalai Lama of using extremist teachings to push monks to set fire to themselves, state media reported Friday. Nine Buddhist monks and two nuns have set themselves alight in ethnically Tibetan parts of southwest China this year in protest at religious repression. Many came from Kirti monastery in Aba county, which has been under virtual lockdown since a young monk named Phuntsog set light to himself and died in March, sparking mass protests there. The People's Daily, seen as the mouthpiece of China's Communist Party, quoted the head of Aba's religious bureau as saying a high-ranking lama from Kirti who fled to India in 1959 had encouraged the desperate acts of protest. The monk "advocated that those who self-immolated were 'national heroes' and 'freedom fighters', and thereby pus...

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