Tibet Spring protests continue with latest self-immolation

Saturday, 20 October 2012

A 27-year-old man today became the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire and die in protest against China’s occupation of Tibet. Lhamo Kyab self-immolated around 2pm (local time) today.

The protest took place in Bhora village Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1). According to an eyewitness, Lhamo Kyab set himself on fire and ran towards Bhora monastery. State security forces, who were standing by the roadside, immediately ran after him and tried to extinguish the flames.

The eyewitness said that Lhamo Kyab’s efforts to prevent them from putting out the fire forced them to back away. He then turned towards the monastery and walked towards it before falling to the ground and dying.

The eyewitness said that Lhamo Kyab shouted slogans calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

Villagers and monks carried the body to Bhora Monastery where they offered prayers for him. Tibetans from nearby villages came to the monastery and carried Lhamo Kyab’s body back to his home village of Dokabma.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“Protests against China’s brutal suppression of Tibetan culture and identity have now reached a point where the international community must speak out. This Tibet Spring is not going to go away just because international governments choose to ignore it.”

Lhamo Kyab leaves a wife and two daughters aged 10 and 7. Nearly 60 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire since March 2011 (2).

Free Tibet has received a portrait image of Lhamo Kyab which can be viewed online (3).

Bhora Monastery was the scene of large protests against Chinese rule in March of this year. More than 100 monks marched to local government buildings holding Tibetan flags and pictures of the Dalai Lama (4).

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Notes to editors

1.Chinese: Bola, Xiahe County, Gannan Zangzu, Gansu Province
2. A full list of self-immolations:http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet
3.http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8105340909/in/photostream
4. Free Tibet press release of monks detained in Tibet:http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/protesting-monks-detained-protests-tibet-continue-spread
5. Free Tibet press releases: http://freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases

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