‘China responsible for self-immolations in Tibet’
Interacting with reporters here, Sangay held Beijing responsible for the self-immolations of Tibetans in Tibet. “Tibetans are giving up their precious lives to send a message to international community that situation in Tibet is grave and getting worse because now the Chinese government has banned tourists from visiting Lhasa and Tibetan areas. Tibetans who come from outside Lhasa are expelled, so given the situation, there is a clampdown on Tibetan people,” Sangay said.
He brushed aside reports and allegation from China that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Sangay’s government were responsible for triggering the immolations.
“The evidence clearly point towards the Chinese government and their repressive policies because Chinese government doesn’t allow Freedom of Speech in Tibet. If you protest, if you have hunger strike, if you have rallies, demonstrations, all these are not allowed. The chances of one getting arrested, tortured, even disappearing are really high, if one participates simply in a demonstration,” he added.
Sangay also thanked the Karnataka Government for providing shelter to scores of Tibetans taking refuge in the state.