31-year-old nomad sets himself alight and dies in Tibet

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

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Tenzin Shirab (portrait photo available, 1) set himself alight on May 27 in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, eastern Tibet (2).

He died at the scene. Chinese security personnel quickly arrived at the scene of his protest and confiscated his body.

Tenzin Shirab was a nomad, originally from Adril village, Chigdril township, Chumarlab County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. His body is now at home and villagers are awaiting cremation and funeral services.

Days before his self-immolation protest, Tenzin Shirab is reported to have told his friends that Tibetans could no longer bear to live under China’s constant torture and repression.

Nearly 120 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against China’s occupation of Tibet (3).

Free Tibet director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said:

“Tenzin Shirab’s death is a reminder that Tibetan resistance to Chinese rule and oppression remains undimmed after a lifetime of occupation. Like most people who set themselves alight and most people in Tibet today, he never knew a Tibet that was free. Protests have gone on for decades and will go on until Tibetans are given the power to determine their own future.”


Notes to editors

(1) Photo available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8877586263/

(2) Location: Gyalring, Chumarlab County, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Kham, Eastern Tibet. (Chinese: Quma Lai County, Yushu Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai)

(3) Full list of self-immolators at http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet

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