Escalation of Tibetan protests continues

12th November 2012

Young Tibetan sets fire to himself during prayer ceremony

A Tibetan man in his mid-20s set fire to himself today during a prayer ceremony held in Dowa Township for a young mother, who self-immolated last Wednesday, 7 November.

Nyingkar Tashi, the seventh Tibetan to set himself on fire in the past six days, is reported to have died at the scene. He called out for freedom in Tibet and the long life of the Dalai Lama.

Heightened Chinese security

Dowa Township has become a hotspot in recent days, with three self-immolations taking place inside a week and a large Chinese security presence on the streets.

The escalation in protests is particularly notable this week, as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party is taking place.

At least 70 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since March 2011. Read the full list.

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