22-year-old self-immolates near Lhasa, many detained

7th July 2012

A young Tibetan's self-immolation protest has sparked a huge increase in Chinese security personnel around Lhasa.

22-year-old Tsewang Dorjee set himself on fire in a market place in Damshung County near Lhasa, central Tibet on 7 July at midday (local time).

Security personnel put out the flames and took the young man to the county hospital. Access to the hospital has been denied, with his exact whereabouts and wellbeing remaining unknown. Rumours that he has since died continue to circulate.

Heightened security

Tibetan towns and cities, like the capital Lhasa, have been flooded with Chinese security personnel, ready to respond at the slightest sign of protest.

According to one Lhasa source, thousands of Tibetans from areas where protests have taken place have been forcibly returned to their place of origin. This includes those detained in Lhasa following the 27 May self-immolation. Authorities have issued further warnings against talking about the incident as well as banning calls outside the area and shutting down communications.

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.