Second Tibetan protest in one day in Tibet
Sangdak (1), a 24-year-old nomadic Tibetan, died after setting fire to himself in protest in Dokarmo Township, Tsekhog County, Malho Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (2) between 6 and 7 pm local time yesterday, 17 November 2012.
Sangdak was the second Tibetan to self-immolate in the prefecture yesterday (3). Twenty Tibetans across Tibet have set fire to themselves in protest in the past month alone, over 50 in the last year (4).
Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:
“The young, the old, school children, mothers, farmers, monks, high lamas, Tibetans from every walk of life believe that dousing themselves in petrol and setting themselves on fire is their only recourse. Such protests, demanding freedom from China, are now an almost a daily occurrence.
“The responsibility for these deaths sits with the Chinese regime. How many more Tibetans will the world watch die in this way before we demand China relinquishes its iron grip on Tibet.
“China is doing everything in its power to conceal what is unfolding inside Tibet. News of Sangdak’s protest took nearly a day to emerge.
“Not only are the media and foreigners banned, but phone lines are often cut and the internet is regularly blocked. Tibetans have to register their ID papers to use internet cafes and online traffic is monitored. Tibetans found guilty of sharing information with the outside world have been sentenced to life imprisonment.”
Sangdak protested near the local government office in the centre of Dokarmo Township, a nomadic township which is home to approximately 1,000 nomadic families.
More than a thousand nomads gathered for the cremation of his body which took place at Nadke, near the centre of Dokarmo Township, yesterday evening.
Notes to Editors
1) Sangdak had a wife called Tamdin Kyi and a three-year-old son. He was from Gonshul Garwa village. His father’s name is Choeyang, his mother is called Manlha Tso.
2) Chinese: Duo he mu, Zeku County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.
Free Tibet press releases detailing recent protests: http://freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases
4) Full list of Tibetan self-immolations: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet
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