Military deployed to site of Tibetan protest
A large number of military vehicles have been deployed in Luchu County today following the protest of a 31-year-old Tibetan man, Tsering Tashi (1). Tsering Tashi set fire to himself in protest at China’s policies in Tibet at approximately 2pm local time today near the government building of Zamtsa Township, Luchu County, Kanlho, Eastern Tibet (2); he died at the scene.
Free Tibet also today confirmed details of a protest that took place yesterday, 28 November, in Tso City (3). Wande Khar (4), a Tibetan man in his early 20s, called for freedom in Tibet, for the release of political prisoners, for language and religious rights as he set fire to himself at approximately 7pm last night.
Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented:
“With one voice, Tibetans are calling for freedom again and again, determined that they will achieve change. The extent of protests, which are now happening on a daily basis, is clear evidence of Tibetans’ absolute rejection of Chinese rule.
“How many more protests will China try to crush before the Communist Party recognises Tibet belongs to Tibetans? How many more Tibetans will the world watch die in this way before clear, strong steps are taken to resolve this crisis?”
Notes to editors
1) Tsering Tashi is survived by his wife Choekyong Tso and two daughters.
2) Chinese: Shuangcha Township, Luqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.
3) Chinese: Hezuo City, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.
4) Wande Khar is from Kangtsa Yarke Sogde village, Dzoge Madama Township, near Tso city.
4) See Free Tibet press releases for further information: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases
Full list of Tibetan self-immolations since 2009: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet
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