Intense fear as China’s armed security forces flood Yushu
Sonam Topgyal set himself on fire between 5 and 6pm (local time) yesterday, 9 July 2015 near Gesar Square in Kyegundo, Yushu County. He was taken to a hospital following his protest. His condition is currently unknown. The 26-year-old, monk is from Nangchen County and studied at Dzongsar Monastery in Derge County.
China’s police and armed security forces have surrounded the area. Sonam’s family home has been surrounded by police and local people describe “intense fear” in the area. Movement restrictions are in place in the area and phone and internet services were shut down shortly after news of the protest began to spread.
More than 130 confirmed self-immolation protests have taken place inside Tibet. Visit this Q&A to find out more about the self-immolations. More information about all protests in Tibet can be found here.
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