Tibetan nun carries out self-immolation protest

10th April 2015

Protester taken from scene by police; current condition unknown

A 47-year-old Tibetan woman has carried out a self-immolation protest in Kardze, Eastern Tibet. Yeshi Khando, set herself on fire on Wednesday 8 April 2015 around 9am local time. On the morning of her protest Yeshi Khando, a nun from Ngangang Nunnery, visited Kardze Monastery before carrying out her protest in Kubumshab, near a police station in Kardze County, Sichuan Province.

Calling for freedom

During her protest, she was heard shouting slogans of "Let His Holiness Return to Tibet”, “Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama” and “Tibet Needs Freedom”.  China's security personnel and police arrived at the scene of her protest and extinguished the flames and Yeshi Khando was taken away. It is unknown whether she survived or died, although witnesses believe that she was close to death. Relatives and Tibetans in the local area have carried out a funeral ceremony for her.

Family summoned by authorities

The day after the protest Yeshi Khando's family were summoned by the County authorities, for unknown reasons. The town remains quiet without any extra deployment of China's armed security personnel or police. Past self-immolation protests have resulted in huge deployment of military and heavier surveillance, with severe restrictions on local Tibetans.

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