Tibetan PM in exile Lobsang Sangay deplores Chinese repression

Thursday, March 08, 2018

The prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in India, Lobsang Sangay, expressed concern over the reported self-immolation and called on China to address what he called Tibetans' legitimate grievances. 

"Such sacrifices by Tibetans in Tibet evidence that repression in Tibet under the Chinese rule is making lives unlivable,'' Sangay said in a statement from the north Indian town of Dharmsala, where his government has its headquarters. 

"The issue of Tibet can be best resolved amicably through the middle way approach, by resuming dialogue with the Tibetan representatives,'' he said, referring to the Dalai Lama's call for Tibet to be granted true autonomy while remaining under Chinese rule as Beijing originally promised. 

Tsekho Tugchak, reportedly in his 40s, died in Ngaba county yesterday, the International Campaign for Tibet said. His death was the 153rd self-immolation by a Tibetan since the protests began in 2009.-AP