Tibet Burning

Story by Michael Fischbein

Thousands of Tibetans and their supporters are protesting the actions of the Chinese government. Since last Spring, there has been a Chinese military presence at the Ngaba Kirti Monastery in Eastern Tibet. Ten Tibetan monks and one Tibetan nun have set fire to themselves in protest of this presence. According to Buddhist doctrine, taking one’s own life is seen as a great sin.
A national protest in Washington D.C. called "Tibet Burning" is timed to embarrass the Chinese Government just before China’s leaders sit down with the G 20 nations in Paris.
Among those demonstrating are about 300 people from Minnesota.
Jigme Ugen, the President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of Minnesota, spoke with KFAI's Mike Fischbein as a busload of Minnesotans approached the Chinese consulate.