An exiled Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu. Photo: AFP.
An exiled Tibetan monk set himself on fire in a Kathmandu restaurant on Wednesday, becoming the 100th person to attempt to self-immolate in protest against Chinese rule over Tibet since 2009.
Police spokesman Keshav Adhikari said the exile had burned himself in an eatery near Kathmandu’s Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world’s holiest Buddhist shrines, terrifying tourists who were having breakfast.
“At around 8.20am, a man in his early 20s arrived at a restaurant on the premises of the Boudhanath Stupa. He went straight to the toilet and poured petrol over his body and set himself alight,” he said.
The Tibetan government in exile, based in the Indian town of Dharamshala in the foothills of the Himalayas, had previously put the number of self-immolation attempts since 2009 at 99, with 83 of them leading to the death of the protester.
CCTV recently aired a documentary, prior to this most recent self-immolation, blaming VOA and other foreign media for “encouraging” Tibetans living in China to set themselves on fire.