Tibetan father dies in protest

Saturday, 6 October 2012
Sangye Gyatso called for freedom in Tibet

The latest protester to set himself on fire

A 27-year-old father of two today became the latest Tibetan to protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet by setting themselves on fire.

Sangye Gyatso died near Dokar Monastery in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

He had called for cultural and religious freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama before he set himself alight.

Chinese military

His body was taken back to Dzeruwa village where his family had gathered to offer prayers.

Shortly afterwards, Chinese military forces arrived at Dzeruwa and at Dokar Monastery. It is believed they are keeping Tibetans there under surveillance.

Fellow Tibetans gather

Tibetans from nearby villages are travelling to Dzeruwa to pay their respects to Sangye Gyatso, who has joined the list of more than 50 Tibetans who have set fire to themselves in their homeland since March last year. Read the full list.

Sangye Gyatso leaves behind a wife and two young children.

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