Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Tibet Leader Urges No New Year Celebration Amid Activist Deaths

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Tibetans should avoid celebrating their New Year next month and instead say prayers for the rising number of activists setting themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule, the Tibetan government-in-exile said, urging an end to the practice.

Three Tibetans have died so far this year after carrying out self-immolations, with a 26-year-old the most recent to die a few days ago, the Tibetan leadership said in a statement. That adds to 83 Tibetans who died after setting themselves ablaze last year, including 28 in November alone, according to the statement.

“I request my fellow Tibetans to not celebrate Losar with our usual festivities,” Lobsang Sangay, prime minister in the exiled administration, said in the statement referring to the region’s new year festival. “Instead, when this year’s holiday falls on February 11, I ask you to perform only the customary religious rituals like visiting temples and making offerings.”

Tibetans say China is attacking their culture, religion and environment with policies that have moved thousands of ethnic Han Chinese into Tibet in the name of economic development.

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, has lived in northern India since fleeing in 1959, when China’s military took over the region. China accuses the Dalai Lama of waging a campaign for independence while the spiritual leader says he is seeking autonomy for Tibet.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Macaskill in New Delhi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.