Fourth self-immolation this week in heavily restricted area of Tibet
24-year-old Lhamo Tseten walked out of the restaurant where he had been eating with friends and set himself on fire at 2:30pm (local time) today close to the military camp and the local court building in Achok Township, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1).
His friends and many local people saw him engulfed by the flames. According to an eyewitness he called out for freedom in Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama.
Lhamo Tseten died at the scene and his body was taken back to his home village which is located 15 - 20 kilometres from Achok Township. Monks from Amchoek monastery have arrived at Lhamo Tseten's house and are praying for him.
Large numbers of security personnel are reported to be coming into the area from nearby Bora Township and the situation is described as extremely tense. There is now no internet access in the area.
Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:
“Tibetans continue to demonstrate their outright rejection of Chinese rule by setting themselves on fire in front of Chinese government buildings.
“This fourth self-immolation in the space of a week underlines that protests in Tibet are continuing and intensifying. We can only expect this to continue until Tibetans are granted the freedom they demand.”
Notes to editors
1. Chinese: Amuquhu, Xiahe, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.
2. Free Tibet press releases: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases
3. Just under 60 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in protest at China’s occupation since March 2011: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet
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