Tibetan monk sets himself on fire

11th November 2013

Latest self-immolation protest against China's occupation of Tibet

A 20-year-old monk named Tsering Gyal has set himself on fire in northern Tibet.

He reportedly survived the protest, which took place in Golog, north-east Tibet, but his current condition is unknown.

Police put out the fire and took him to the local hospital.

Tibetans demand release

Around 200 people gathered at Akyong Monastery, where Tsering Gyal studies, before going to the hospital to demand his release.

It is believed that they were worried that he would be mistreated by the authorities while in hospital – a fate which has befallen previous protesters who set themselves on fire.

Police prevented them from visiting him but Tersing Gyal was transferred to the main hospital at the provincial capital soon afterwards, due to the severity of his injuries.

Family members have been informed of his whereabouts and it is believed that two of them are currently travelling to the hospital.

Self-immolation protests in Tibet

At least 121 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009, although such protests have become more infrequent in 2013.

Only four (including Tsering Gyal) have taken place since May, this year.

The protest occurs as the Chinese Communist Party holds its annual closed-door plenum in Beijing.

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