The situation in Tibet remains critical with there appearing to be no end in sight to the escalating tide of self-immolations by protesters. On Feb. 13, 2013, the Tibet Sun reported, Nepal police report 100th Tibet self-immolation bid. Nepal police have said a Tibetan man is in critical condition after setting himself on fire in Nepal.
According to a toll by Tibet’s exiled government, the 100th self-immolation bid since 2009 has occurred. Police spokesman Keshav Adhikari has said that the exile doused himself in petrol and set fire to himself in a restaurant at Kathmandu’s Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the world’s holiest Buddhist shrines. Adhikari has commented, “At around 8:20 am (0235 GMT) a man in his early 20s arrived at a restaurant on the premises of the Boudhanath Stupa. He went straight to the toilet and poured petrol over his body and set himself alight."
Adhikari also said that a small number of tourists who were eating breakfast began screaming for help, and police patrolling nearby were alerted. Adhikari has commented, “The policemen doused the flames and sent him to hospital. He is in a critical condition. His entire body was caught in the flames. At the hospital he tried to speak but couldn’t.” The protests have been attributed to a growing sense of desperation in Tibet over Chinese rule.