Tibetans defy China's new regime

Friday, 16 November 2012
Tingzin Dolma was just 23 years old

Protests continue as restrictions in Tibet tighten

A 23-year-old woman, Tingzin Dolma, set fire to herself by Goge Village temple in Rebkong County at midday (local time) yesterday.

The incident coincided with the appointment of the leader Xi Jinping of the Communist party of China.

Hundreds of local Tibetans attended a cremation ceremony for Tingzin Dolma yesterday evening.

Chinese oppression

There have been at least ten incidences of Tibetans setting themselves on fire so far this month.

Rebkong County has been the scene of many protests. In addition to self-immolations, Tibetans have been taking to the streets to demand freedom at great personal risk to themselves.

Internet blackout

Communications and the internet have reportedly been cut to prevent the world from knowing about the recent torrent of protests.

Despite this, Tibetans are finding ways of sharing information and images of protests with the outside world.

Around 80 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since March 2011. Read the full list.

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