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Tibetan Monk's Suicide Try Seen In Leaked Video

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A September 2011 amateur video grab shows armed policemen watching who is believed to be Lobsang Konchok lying on the road after he tried to set himself on fire.

A September 2011 amateur video grab shows armed policemen watching who is believed to be Lobsang Konchok lying on the road after he tried to set himself on fire.

BEIJING (AP) -- Exiled Tibetans have released amateur video that
allegedly shows the failed suicide bid of a Tibetan Buddhist monk
in southwest China last month.

The monk is one of at least 10 Tibetans in their late teens and 20s who have set themselves on fire since March in protest over China's rule over Tibet, with at least five of them dying from their injuries. The man in the video is believed to have survived.

The individuals who shared the video did so on condition of anonymity for fear the videographer and those who helped get the
video out of China could be punished by the Chinese government.

They said the man in the video is Lobsang Konchok, a 19-year-old
monk who tried to set himself on fire Sept. 26 at the Kirti Tibetan
Buddhist monastery in Sichuan province.

Chinese state media reported at the time that Lobsang and a second monk both tried to self-immolate but were rescued by police.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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