Tibetan teenager sets himself on fire

Monday, 3 December 2012

A 17-year-old is the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire in protest at the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Sangdak Kyab self-immolated in Bhora Township, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (1).

The protest took place near Bhora Monastery at 3.30pm (local time) yesterday (2 December).

It is believed that Sangdak Kyab may have survived the protest. Chinese security personnel arrived at the site, put out the flames and took him away. His current condition and whereabouts are unknown.

More than 90 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March 2011 (2). Nearly 20 of those survived their protest but virtually nothing is known of their current whereabouts or condition.

27 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since the beginning of November.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“The recent escalation in self-immolation protests underlines Tibetans’ complete rejection of Chinese rule. China’s attempts to crush protest through arbitrary detention, collective punishment, communications blackouts, bribery and much more have only strengthened the resolve of those who wish to see a free Tibet.”

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Notes to editors:
1. Chinese: Bola, Xiahe County, Gansu Province

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

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