Further Tibet protests underline escalation

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A Tibetan man set fire to himself in protest in Amchog Township, Sangchu County, Eastern Tibet (1) at 9am local time today. Tsering Dhondup (2), who was about 34 years old and married with three children, died at the scene of his protest.

The Chinese administration is offering rewards, advertised on public notices across the province, for information about the 'evil backstage manipulator' of recent-self immolations that have taken place in the area (3). The sum of money on offer for information about anyone 'planning, instigating, manipulating, and luring for self-immolation', is more than a Chinese government official makes in a year.

At the same time, China’s efforts to isolate Tibetans from the world continue, with the media and foreigners banned from Tibet, phone signals and internet connections blocked, and up to life imprisonment for sharing information about protests.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“Twenty one of the sixty one Tibetan self-immolation protests in 2012 have taken place in the last month.

“With one voice, Tibetans are calling again and again for freedom, determined that they will achieve change. The extent of protests, which are now happening on a daily basis, is clear evidence of Tibetans’ absolute rejection of Chinese rule.

“How many more protests will China try to crush before the Communist Party recognises Tibet belongs to Tibetans? How many more Tibetans will the world watch die in this way before clear, strong steps are taken to resolve this crisis?”

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Notes to Editors

1) Chinese: Amuquhu, Xiahe, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.

2) Portrait of Tsering Dhondup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8203234758/in/photostream

3) http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/cash-rewards-informants

4) Full list of Tibetan self-immolations: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet

Free Tibet press releases detailing recent protests: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases

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