Self-immolation in Ngaba

Monday, 6 August 2012

A man set fire to himself in Ngaba Town, Eastern Tibet (1) at 5:30pm local time today. According to an eyewitness, Chinese state security personnel quickly extinguished the flames at the scene on the main road in Ngaba. Locals now refer to this street as Martyr’s Street because of the number of self-immolations that have been carried out here. The man who set fire to himself today was reported to be still alive, his upper body badly injured, when security personnel drove him away in a vehicle.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“As the world’s media focusses on the discipline of Chinese athletes, Chinese state repression is driving Tibetans to set fire to themselves under a media blackout. China is competing in the Olympic Games despite having broken every commitment on human rights made during its bid for the 2008 games; while we celebrate human endeavour, we must rigorously defend human rights.”
Over 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at Chinese rule since March 2011 (2).

Notes to editors

1. Chinese: Aba Town, Aba County, Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
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