Tibetan man dies in fatal protest

15th April 2014

32-year-old Tinley Namgyal has set himself on fire in Dawu County

The protest took place today at around 12 pm (local time). Tinley's body was originally taken to Gongthel Monastery and then to his home in Ganup Riyong village. No further information is available at present.

Nomadic family

Tinley Namgyal is the youngest son of Dulo and Pal Lha, a semi-nomadic farming family. China has been forcing Tibetan nomads off their land and moving them into urban settlements. In previous years Tibetans had protested at the forceful relocation of "tens of thousands" of Tibetans to make way for a major hydroelectric dam in Dawu. Read more on Tibet’s environment.

History of violence

Last year Chinese forces opened fire in Dawu, otherwise known as Tawu, on a Tibetan prayer gathering celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday. Amongst the injured was Jangchup Dorjee, brother of Palden Choetso, who died after setting herself on fire. She was heard calling out: “Long live the Dalai Lama” and “Let the Dalai Lama Return to Tibet”. More than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.

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