China to air documentary on self-immolations

Beijing, Feb 6 (IANS) China's national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) will air a documentary that will "offer truths" on self-immolations in areas inhabited by Tibetans.

The documentary centres on overseas "Tibet independence" forces and self-immolations that have occurred in Gansu province, Xinhua reported.

A statement said the programme was created through "in-depth research and interviews" conducted by CCTV reporters in areas where the incidents occurred.

The documentary to be broadcast Wednesday on English-language channel CCTV-9, is intended to "offer truths about self-immolation incidents that have occurred in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu", the statement said.

It will also be aired on CCTV's French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian channels Wednesday and Thursday.

Recently, Lobsang Sangay, the elected political leader of Central Tibetan Administration or the Tibetan government-in-exile, told reporters in New Delhi that 99 self-immolation incidents had taken place in Tibet since 2009.

The monks, nuns and common people, a majority of them teenagers, set themselves afire since 2009 to protest against Beijing's "repressive policies" and demand the return of the Dalai Lama to his homeland, the government-in-exile said.

State-run Chinese daily The Global Times has blamed the Dalai Lama-led group of Tibetans of making "false charges" against the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama group "deliberately creates an atmosphere of terror to attract the attention of the international community and chases its political purposes by using the lives of young people".


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