According to Louise Watt of the Associated Press: "Dozens of Tibetans, including monks, held up a portrait of the Dalai Lama in a community in southwestern China in an act of defiance days after other Tibetans set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule."
She quoted a unnamed Chinese official of Seda County's Public Security Bureau in Sichuan province: "On Monday, fewer than 100 Tibetans gathered and held a portrait of the Dalai Lama. The New Year festival is coming up so they want to draw attention by creating an incident."
This protest was related to the immolation of Sopa Rinpoche, a local revered Lama of Golok country.
Before visiting India for border talks. China's Special Representative and State Councillor Dai Bingguo said that both countries should to settle their disputes “wisely, calmly and properly”. He travelled to New Delhi for the Special Representative's 15th round of talks (since 2003) on the boundary dispute.
Dai also stated that both countries needed to “deepen political trust.”
China also needs to "deepen political trust" with the Dalai Lama and the Tibetans in general. Don't you think that the issue of Tibet should also be solved "wisely, calmly and properly"?
Repression has not helped and will not help.
Why can't Dai Bingguo and his colleagues of the State Council who are intelligent people understand this?
In fact, Dai should have taken the opportunity of his visit to Delhi to discuss wisely and camly with the Dalai Lama the Tibetan issue.
Let us be clear, unless the Tibetan issue is solved, the border issue CAN NOT be solved.
All those who have been involved in the 'talks' since 1960 are aware of this.
Thousands attend Sopa Rinpoche's funeral; Protests reported
January 17, 2012
DHARAMSHALA, January 17: Thousands of Tibetans from around the Golok region of eastern Tibet attended the funeral of Sonam Wangyal Sopa Rinpoche on Sunday morning.
Sopa Rinpoche, a respected spiritual figure in his early forties passed away on the spot after drinking and spraying kerosene all over his body before lighting himself up on January 8.
According to the Beijing based award winning Tibetan writer, Woeser, Tibetans in Amdo Golok and in the neighbouring regions of Qinghai, Gansu, and Sichuan were in deep mourning at the passing away of Rinpoche.
Writing on her blog, Woeser said thousands of Tibetans participated in the funeral ceremony of Sopa Rinpoche in Darlag (in Chinese, Dari) county of Golok.
Elsewhere in Golok, hundreds of Tibetans took out a daylong peaceful demonstration following Sopa Rinpoche's funeral ceremony.
Citing contacts within the region, an exile Tibetan, Khenpo Ogyen Rigzin told US based radio service VOA that over a hundred Tibetans carryong photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Gyalwang Karmapa in Amdo Golok Pema district carried protests from around 9:30 am to 5 pm.
“The demonstration was carried out in solidarity with Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives since the 2008 mass uprisings in Tibet,” Kehnpo Rigzin said.
“The demonstrators were raising slogans for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom in Tibet,” Khenpo Rigzin said while adding that he also heard people wailing and crying through a phone conversation he had with a local Tibetan while the demonstration was being carried out.
“The demonstrators were also carrying banners urging Tibetans to rise up in solidarity with all those who have sacrificed their lives for Tibet,” Khenpo Rigzin said.
Chinese security personnel had apparently let the demonstration go on while taking pictures and videos of the demonstrators.
Sopa Rinpoche set himself ablaze in front of the police station of Darlag County in Golog after shouting slogans calling for Tibet's freedom and the long life of Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
In leaflets that Sopa Rinpoche distributed just before his fatal self-immolation, he stated his fiery sacrifice was not for his “personal glory but for Tibet and the happiness of Tibetans."
"The Tibetans should not lose their determination. The day of happiness will come for sure. For the Dalai Lama to live long, the Tibetans should not lose track of their path," Sopa Rinpoche said in his last statement.
In the past 11 months, 16 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet.