Self-immolation protest in Tibet

29th September 2013

41-year-old farmer is latest to die in wave of protest

A father of two has become the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire in protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Shichung, a farmer and part-time tailor, self-immolated at around 4pm (local time) in Ngaba County, eastern Tibet on 28 September. He died at the scene.

Chinese occupation

The 41-year-old had expressed his feelings about the ongoing Chinese occupation to some friends in a tea shop a few days ago saying: “These people (Chinese authorities) look down on us (Tibet) and it seems they won't leave us in peace.”

His protest took place during the annual Mani prayer festival. He left the festival around midday and returned home. to prepare for his self-immolation.

He lit butter lamps in front of a photo of the Dalai Lama.

He set himself on fire just outside his home and died in the street.

Chinese military arrive

More than 100 police and military personnel, who were already in the village to supervise the celebration of the Mani festival, arrived at the scene and forcibly removed the body.

Some Tibetans attempted to take it back but were restrained by local elders who feared the incident could escalate and result in a brutal crackdown by the Chinese authorities.

The people of Thawa village brought the festival celebrations to an end.

Around 120 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against China's occupation of Tibet. Read the full list.

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