Fires of "Tibetan Spring" continue

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A 20-year-old monk has become the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire and die.

At 7.10pm this evening (local time) a young monk named Sherab, self-immolated in Chara Township, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet (1). He died at the scene.

Sherab returned to his home township from Kirti monastery in Ngaba Town two days ago. He had been studying at the monastery, home to a number of monks who have set themselves on fire in protest at China’s continued occupation of Tibet (2).

This is the second self-immolation in Chara Township, this month. On 5 March an 18-year-old named Dorjee also set himself on fire and died in the township (3), which is around 70 km from Ngaba Town.

Sherab self-immolated in the main street of the township and died at the scene. Military personnel forcibly removed his body over the pleas of local townspeople who wanted it to be returned to his family.

Chinese paramilitary forces have now imposed heavy restrictions in the area. The situation in Chara Township and Ngaba Town is very tense.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“More than 30 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in a desperate plea for freedom, thousands more are taking to the streets demanding their freedom from China - the evidence is pointing to 'a Tibetan Spring'. Meanwhile, the international community remains mute; how many more Tibetans will give their lives before the international community breaks its silence?”


Notes to editors

1 Chinese: Jialuo, Aba County, Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan

2. Sherab was studying Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy


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