Tibetans defy police threats

Police vehicles outside Dokar Monastery
Police vehicles outside Dokar Monastery

10th October 2012

Authorities move in after protest

Chinese officials and police turned up shortly after 27-year-old protester Sangye Gyatso died by setting himself on fire near Dokar monastery last Saturday (6 October).

They threatened and interrogated the monks about who witnessed the self-immolation and demanded that information and photos about the incident should not be sent abroad.

Attempted arrest

Officials tried to arrest some of the monks, accusing them of taking photos of Sangye Gyatso, keeping his body and informing his family of his death before the authorities.

Other monks prevented the arrest by removing those who were being accused to a disciplinary room in the monastery.

Brave stance

Villagers also told officials that Sangye Gyatso’s protest had nothing to do with the monastery and the monks and if the arrest went ahead, they would stand in solidarity with them.

Sangye Gyatso’s family were also ordered to stop welcoming people who came to pay their respects to the family. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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