Images emerge of funeral for Tibet shooting victim

Monday, 6 February 2012

Free Tibet has received images from the funeral of Yonten, a Tibetan shot dead by Chinese forces in January.

The images show:

    Yonten’s body lying below an image of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with monks in the background [1]
    People in mourning beside Yonten’s body [2]
    People being received at the monastery with ceremonial katta [3]
    Tibetans offering katta to Yonten’s body [4]

Yonten, aged 49, was shot dead in Draggo, Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Chinese: Luhuo, Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province) on 23 January [5].

This was the largest documented shooting of Tibetans since 2008.

There were two further incidents of shootings in the following days.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“These pictures show the tragic consequences of the use of force by Chinese security personnel in Tibet. Yonten was killed during the largest documented shooting of Tibetans since 2008; a worrying indication of how the situation is deteriorating.”

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Notes to editors

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