Tibetan dies in fatal protest

16th December 2014

Ninth self immolation protest confirmed this year

Today a 34-year-old, Tibetan man carried out a self-immolation protest in eastern Tibet. Sangyal Khar has died after setting himself on fire in front of a police station in Amchok Town in Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province. Chinese police arrived at the scene shortly after the self-immolation protest and forcibly removed his body. Sangyal Khar is the father of two daughters and was from Khyungri Thang Village.

Tibet's resistance

More than 130 confirmed self-immolations have taken place inside Tibet, with a further two deaths by fire thought to be as a result of self-immolation. In December 2013, monk Tsultrim Gyatso died in a similar protest in Sangchu county. More than 80 Tibetans self-immolated inside Tibet in 2012 and numbers have decreased in 2013 and 2014. Other forms of protest continue, including large-scale demonstrations, frequently met with a violent response by the authorities. Earlier this month Tenzin Choedak died after six years of torture whilst serving a 15 year sentence for protesting against China.

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