China releases documentary on Tibetan immolations

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 17:31

Beijing: National broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) has released a documentary that it said "discloses the truth" about self-immolations in areas inhabited by Tibetans.

The documentary titled "Facts About Self-Immolation in Tibetan Areas of Ngapa (Aba)" was shown on CCTV-4, an international channel targeting overseas viewers of Chinese language programmes, Xinhua reported.

It said the documentary "discloses the truth" about self-immolations that have occurred in Aba, a Tibetan and Qiang prefecture in southwest Sichuan province.

The documentary contains interviews with the "masterminds" and "victims" of the self-immolations, Xinhua said.

It said monks in Aba were "acting on orders sent from overseas" to convince people to self-immolate. They also sent information about the self-immolations abroad, as they claimed the acts were a form of "protest" against Chinese rule in Tibetan areas.

The documentary also says followers of the Dalai Lama masterminded the self-immolations "in order to split China".

Earlier in December, the People`s Daily said the Dalai Lama and his supporters were doomed to fail in their attempt to attain Tibetan independence by stoking self-immolations.

Since fleeing China in 1959, the Dalai Lama and his followers "have masterminded a series of seriously violent incidents", it said.

"All of them are aimed at `Tibet independence`," the article noted.

"Soon after self-immolations occur, the Dalai clique repeatedly demands `peace talks` to be held between China`s central authorities and the self-declared `Tibetan government-in-exile` for `solving Tibet-related issues`, Xinhua said.

According to the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala in India`s Himachal Pradesh, a total of 92 self-immolation cases have taken place since 2009. Over 20 cases took place in November this year.

IANS



First Published: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 17:31

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