Thousands gather after mother's protest

17th November 2012

Thousands of Tibetans gathered in Rongwo, Eastern Tibet, following the death of a Tibetan mother of two, Chakmokyi, who set fire to herself there at 4pm local time today. Chakmokyi was in her twenties and was a taxi driver.

Tibetan community united

Rongwo has been the scene of several huge protests this year, as well as a growing number of self-immolations. Thousands of local people have gathered in the town in prayers and peaceful protest against the occupying Chinese regime after each self-immolation.

Tibetans closely monitored

There is a heavy security presence in Rongwo. At least 20 trucks, each with 20 armed police standing in the back, are stationed at intersections throughout the town, plain clothes police are commonplace, and there are reports of cars, each with about five government officials inside, positioned every twenty paces along most streets in the town, monitoring the population. Chakmokyi set fire to herself in a small, narrow street in the town, possibly to avoid detection by these security personnel.

Over 70 Tibetans from all walks of life have set fire to themselves since March 2011. Read the full list.

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