Authorities pressure family of self-immolation protester

Kalsang Wangdu (image: Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy)
Kalsang Wangdu (image: Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy)
8th March 2016

Elsewhere, concerns about jailed monk and torture victim

The family members of Kalsang Wangdu, an 18 year old monk who set himself on fire on February 29, have been pressurised by the Chinese authorities to say that Wangdu died in a house fire.

Kalsang Wangdu was the first person to stage a self-immolation protest in Tibet since August 2015, although on the same day in India, 16-year-old Tibetan Tsering Dorjee also set himself alight, dying of his injuries three days later. While engulfed in fire, Kalsang Wangdu called for “Tibet’s complete independence”. He died en route to hospital in Sichuan province's capital, Chengdu.

Local security forces also prohibited local Tibetans from visiting Kalsang Wangdu's family to pay their respects, threatening anyone doing so with fines or arrest. 

Local authorities clamp down quickly on local communities after self-immolation protests, trying to prevent the spread of information and gatherings which could turn into protests. In many cases, they cremate the bodies of protesters to prevent proper funerals taking place.

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