Three more self-immolate in Eastern Tibet

26th November 2012

Three Tibetans have set fire to themselves in the last 48 hours

Over the course of the last two days, Tibetan demands for freedom have continued in spite of the recent change in Chinese leadership.

Kunchok Tsering, 18, self-immolated in Amchog Township, Sangchu County, today. He died at the scene of his protest. The nomad's body has been taken to his home, where locals and monks from Amchog Monastery have gathered.

Amchog Township was the site of a prior immolation last Tuesday.

Series of protests

Another immolation took place today in Serthar County, Kandze Prefecture. Wangyal, a Sertha County National Middle School student, set fire to himself after reportedly shouting for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Witnesses said Wangyal ran towards a statue in the middle of the county town, where he was surrounded by Chinese military forces, put out and taken to hospital.

Locals say Wangyal was severely injured, although his current whereabouts and condition remain unknown.

Teenage nun dies

Yesterday, Sangye Dolma, a 17-year old nun, set fire to herself. The protest took place at around 10:00pm local time, and she died at the scene. Local people and monks gathered this morning to cremate her body.

The escalation of protests is unmistakeable. At least 75 immolations have taken place in Tibet since 2009, but more than 50 have given their lives in 2012 alone. Read the full list here.

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