Protests continue in Eastern Tibet

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Free Tibet has confirmed a second Tibetan protest yesterday, 12 November, in Dowa Township, Rebkong County, Eastern Tibet (1). Nyingchak Boom, believed to be in his late teens, set fire to himself at approximately 6:30pm local time. Unconfirmed reports state that Nyingchak Boom died.

Nyingchak Boom is the eighth confirmed self-immolation in Tibet during the week of the 18th Party Congress, and the fourth Tibetan from Dowa Township to set themselves on fire in the same period (2).

No international calls could be made or received in Rebkong following Nyingchak Boom’s protest. In Dowa Township, where yesterday’s self-immolations took place, the electricity was also cut off; it is believed that this is the most effective way of disabling the internet in a defined area, to prevent information about the protests spreading.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented:

“The Communist Party seems blind to the fact that the continued suppression of the Tibetan people as well as efforts to silence them will only serve to multiply Tibetan grievances. With no avenues to express these grievances, pressure will continue to build.”

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Notes to Editors

1) Chinese: Tongren, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

2) Free Tibet press releases detailing recent protests: http://freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases

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

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