Female protester dies in Tibet

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A 26-year-old woman has set herself on fire and died in Tibet. Dolkar Kyi self-immolated at Tso Monastery in Tso City, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1) at 2.30pm (local time) today.

Free Tibet has received two photographs of Dolkar Kyi after she set herself on fire. One shows her lying on the ground with her clothes completely burned off. The other is of her dead body lying in Tso Monastery where it was being watched over by the monks.

The area is of important religious significance to Tibetan Buddhists. People from the area participated in large-scale protests against the Chinese occupation in 2008.

Local people outside the monastery reportedly tried to put the flames out but she died at the scene. People at the scene reportedly heard her shout slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile the Tibetan man who set himself on fire yesterday has been named as Lobsang Tsultrim (2).

The 21-year-old monk from Kirti Monastery set himself on fire in Ngaba main street, which the local people have re-named ‘Martyrs Street’ due to the number of Tibetans who have self-immolated there. Free Tibet has received a portrait photo of him (3).

Following his protest, local authorities drove him to the county hospital. He was removed after 30 minutes and his current wellbeing and whereabouts are unknown. Lobsang Tsultrim was a keen basketball player who was beaten by Chinese forces for taking part in demonstrations against Chinese rule in 2008.

Nearly 50 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against the repressive Chinese occupation in Tibet since March of last year (4).

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:
“Despite the best efforts of the Chinese government, Tibetan protests continue and Tibetans continue to share information with the world about them. The Tibet Spring will not go away simply because the world chooses to look away. It is time for leaders around the world to break the silence and speak out for Tibetan freedom.”


Notes to editors

1. Chinese: Gansu Province
2. http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/self-immolation-ngaba
3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/7732051542/in/photostream
4. www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/selfimmolations
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