Military deployed as nomad sets himself on fire

10th August 2012

Another self-immolation in Eastern Tibet

A 24-year-old nomad has become the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire in protest against the Chinese occupation.

The young man who has been named as Jopa was forcibly removed by the Public Security Bureau. His current condition and whereabouts are unknown but it is believed that he is severely injured and may not survive.

Chinese military in town

The protest took place in Meruma, around 20 kilometres from Ngaba Town in Eastern Tibet. Chinese military and security have been deployed in the town.

Jopa is the third Tibetan this week to set himself on fire following the protests of Lobsang Tsultrim and Dolkar Kyi.

Nearly 50 Tibetans have now set themselves in fire in Tibet. Read the full list.

NOTE: Since this report was written, it has been confirmed that Jopa died of his injuries.