Tibet self-immolation protests continue

Saturday, 13 October 2012

A 52-year-old Tibetan named Tamdrin Dorjee is the latest Tibetan to self-immolate.

He set himself on fire near Tso Monastery in Tso City, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1) at around 1pm local time today. He died at the scene.

Tamdrin Dorjee’s body was removed to his home village. An eyewitness has said that security forces have moved into the area and intense restrictions are in place.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“As long as China maintains its grip on Tibet, Tibetans will continue to demand freedom. The protests of the Tibet Spring show no signs of stopping. It is time for the international community to speak out for freedom in Tibet.”

Free Tibet has received a number of photographs showing local people gathering around Tamdrin Dorjee’s body and the subsequent arrival of military forces. They can be viewed online (2).

The protester is the grandfather of the 7th Gungthang Rinpoche; believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the reincarnation of an important and popular religious figure from the Labrang Monastery. The 6th Gungthang Rinpoche was a highly influential lama.

This latest self-immolation protest took place at the same location where a mother of two set herself on fire in August of this year (3). More than 50 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese occupation of their country (4).

Ends

Notes to editors
1. Chinese: Gansu Province

2. Images of self-immolation protest: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/sets/72157631757696916/

3. Free Tibet press release detailing the self-immolation of Dolkar Kyi: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/female-protester-dies-tibet

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

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