Self-immolation sparks protest

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Jamyang Palden

A monk in his 30s has become the latest Tibetan to set themselves on fire.

Jamyang Palden (right) self-immolated in Rongwo town, Rebkong county, Qinghai at 10.30am (local time) today.

The self-immolation took place near Rongwo Monastery, and he is believed to have survived.

Monks assemble

As monks assembled in the monastery this morning, Jamyang Palden went outside to the square and set himself on fire.

He was taken to the local hospital but a number of monks took him back to the monastery, fearing his arrest by the Chinese authorities.

Military monitoring

After the self-immolation, around 500 monks gathered in the square. Locals and people from nearby villages joined them, chanting and praying, all the while monitored by the military. A number of people held up a picture of the Dalai Lama.

The monks have returned to the monastery to offer prayers. Monks from other monasteries are travelling to the town as a mark of solidarity.

Protest

Meanwhile in the same town, students from both local schools are currently protesting inside the school grounds. It is unclear whether the protests are connected to the self-immolation.

Up to 700 students from the same town took part in a large protest last week.

You can watch a video of Lama Shar Kyabgon addressing the crowds in Rebkong, 14 March.

See photos from the protests on our Facebook page.

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.

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