Tibetan nun survives self-immolation at religious gathering

12th June 2013

Update: Since this story was written, it has been confirmed that Wangchen Dolma died three days after her protest, on June 14 2013.

Latest instance of resistance to China’s occupation

A Tibetan nun has survived after setting herself on fire in Tawu County, Eastern Tibet at 5pm local time, yesterday.

Her name and age is still unconfirmed.

Communication blackout

The nun has been taken to a local hospital.

Further information is not available as a clampdown is now in force and communication is restricted.

Tibetan Buddhist festival

The protest took place at Nyatso monastery, which is currently hosting a major Tibetan Buddhist gathering.

Approximately 3,000 monks from 60 monasteries are reported to be participating in religious debate. Chinese authorities prevented the event from taking place last year. 

Lack of religious freedom

Religious freedom in Tibet is strictly curtailed, with government-appointed “Democratic Management Groups” overseeing monasteries, and laws against carrying pictures of the Dalai Lama.

Nearly 120 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against China’s occupation of Tibet.

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