Tibetan man sets himself alight day after mother-of-four self immolates

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

43-year-old Lhamo Kyab self-immolated in the early morning of Monday March 25 in Sangchu County, eastern Tibet (1).

He was an unmarried forest guard from the local area.

It is believed that Lhamo Kyab built a fire from wood and petrol before climbing onto it. This differs from most self-immolators who douse their body with petrol and set themselves alight.

Villagers discovered his remains at the site.

Upon learning of the self-immolation Chinese police and military surrounded the site and restricted the movement of local Tibetans.

Lhamo Kyab came from the Gyistang Township, which borders Bhora, a frequent flashpoint for protests. In January 2013 there was a dispute over the funeral of a self-immolator. Locals marched on local government offices after the authorities removed the body and barred anyone from visiting his home to perform the ceremonies for the dead. (2) In March 2012, 40 monks at Bhora monastery were arrested following another dispute with local authorities (3).

Lhamo Kyab's death came a day after a mother-of-four also self-immolated in eastern Tibet.

Kalkyi, 30, set herself on fire near the Dzamthang Jonang monastery in Ngaba, eastern Tibet (4) on Sunday afternoon, 24 March. She is survived by her husband, Truype, three sons, Denam, Pochung, Sopo, and a daughter, Pomochun. All children are aged under 15. A portrait photo of Kalkyi is available (5).

(1) Location: Gyistang Township, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet. (Chinese: Bola, Xiahe County, Gannan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu.)

(2) http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/tense-stand-between-community-and-authorities-after-fatal-protest-tibet

(3) http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/protesting-monks-detained-protests-tibet-continue-spread

(4) Location: Barma Township, Dzamthang County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet. (Chinese: Zhongrangtang Township, Rangtang County, Aba Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan)

(5) See photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8588126139/in/photostream

Full list of self-immolation protests

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