Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tibetan monk 'shot' while on fire

Chinese communist government efficiency in action... if someone wants to set themselves on fire, let's just shoot them to speed things up. I wonder if they put out the fire after shooting the protester.

BBC News (and Leon)
A Tibetan monk has been shot after setting fire to himself during a protest at Beijing's rule, reports say.

The incident happened in the Tibetan-populated town of Aba in southwest China's Sichuan province during a gathering of more than 1,000 monks.

The monk, named Tapey, is said to have shouted slogans and waved a Tibetan flag, then doused himself with petrol and set himself alight.

Campaign groups said witnesses then saw Chinese police shoot the man.

I am saddened by the news. Governments and dynasties come and go. The more hard-line and dictatorial it is, the more violent the eventual transition.

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