A Tibetan activist attempted self-immolation in protest against Hu Jintao’s visit to India and China’s continued occupation of Tibet in the Indian city of Mumbai today. Lhakpa Tsering, President of Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Bangalore set himself on fire while protesting in front of the Taj Hotel where Hu was being hosted. Lhakpa along with 11 other TYC activists stormed the gates of the hotel waving the Tibetan National Flag and shouting free Tibet slogans.
As the security personals rushed at the scene, Lhakpa Tsering tried to evade them from dousing the fire. It is but a saturation of genuine patriotism that even while his flesh was being consumed by flames all he uttered was “Free Tibet”. The security personals later succeeded in dousing the fire but not before Lhakpa Tsering had suffered serious and multiple burn injuries. At the time of sending this report his condition is being monitored in a hospital.
Lhakpa Tsering | 拉巴次仁 was the 2nd (2ndin India) Tibetan self-immolator since 1998.