Dharamsala: Amid media reports of the number of self-immolations reaching 102, thousands of Tibetans and activists on Monday staged a massive rally here to protest against increasing Chinese crackdown on Tibet.
Locals joined hands with Tibetan Buddhist monks, exiled Tibetans and activists from five non-government organisations (NGOs) who held special prayers in memory of self-immolators on the streets of Dharamsala.
The protestors held banners displaying photographs of numerous self-immolators as they paraded down the roads of the hill station with Tibet's national flag demanding intervention from the international community over the issue.
With the latest self-immolation reportedly occurring yesterday by a 49-year-old Namlah Tsering in Sangchu region of Labrang, an activist protested against Chinese atrocities.
"Up to now 102 Tibetans have set themselves on fire and most of them are dead in Tibet, these are very clear signs that Tibetans do not want to live under Chinese control and we want freedom and that is a very clear message. We have also asked for the return of his holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet," said Tenzin Tsundu, an activist of the Tibetan Youth Congress.
Earlier, another 37-year-old Tibetan monk named Lobsang Namgyal from the Kirti Monastery had reportedly set fire to himself on February 3 in front of an office of the Public Security Bureau in the county of Sichuan Province and succumbed to injuries.
According to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) scores of Tibetan youth have committed self-immolation as a mark of protest against Chinese administration.