Sustained wave of protest shows no signs of stopping
A 23-year-old Tibetan died after setting fire to himself last night. A former monk at Shitsang Monastery, Tamdin Kyab’s body was found by the Luchu river in Phalgar Village, Luchu County Eastern Tibet. There were no witnesses but his act is believed by locals to be a part of the wide movement of protest across Tibet.
Dalai Lama exile
Tamdin Kyab had often been heard to comment on the bravery of Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protest and that he would be happy to do the same. He had also publicly lamented the Dalai Lama’s continued exile from Tibet. His body has been removed to the family home. There has been no obvious security deployment in the town but plain clothes officers are believed to be in the area.
Free Tibet believes that another self-immolation protest took place in Dowa Township, Rebkong County yesterday. We have no further information at this time. Protests against Chinese occupation are escalating in Tibet. More than 20 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the last month, street protests have taken place and calls for freedom continue. More than 70 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since March 2011. Read the full list.
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