Third self-immolation in as many days
Dorjee, aged 18, set fire to himself at approximately 6.30pm local time today near Chara Township, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet (1) approximately 70 kilometres from Ngaba where many of the last year’s self-immolations have taken place (2).
An eyewitness reported seeing Dorjee set himself on fire near a bridge outside the township and then walk in flames to a government office building where he collapsed. He died at the scene.
Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented:
“Tibetans – like Dorjee today, and Rinchen yesterday – are choosing to set fire to themselves in front of government buildings in an attempt to reject the power and oppression these places represent in Tibetan communities.
“This third self-immolation in as many days underlines that Tibetans will not stop protesting until their calls for freedom are heeded. The international community must take immediate action.”
Chinese security personnel (People’s Armed Police and Public Security Bureau personnel) arrived on the scene and took away Dorjee’s body.
Notes to Editor
1. Chinese: Jialuo, Aba County, Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
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