Tibetan man sets himself on fire as locals gather for prayer festival

Monday, 25 February 2013

A 27-year-old man has become the latest to die while protesting against China’s occupation of Tibet.

Tsesung Kyab set fire to himself at 1:30pm (local time) today in front of Shetsang Monastery, Shetsang township, Luchu county, Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (1). He died at the scene.

Today is the last day of the Tibetan Molam festival, and many local people were gathering at the monastery when the protest took place.

Free Tibet has received pictures of the protest which can be viewed online (2).

Chinese Public Security Bureau personnel attempted to extinguish the flames and remove the body but were prevented from doing so by local people. The body has been taken to his home village of

It is believed that Tsesung Kyab is a cousin of Pema Dorjee (3), who set himself on fire and died at the same location on 8 December last year.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“China’s heavy-handed response to self-immolations has failed to stem the tide of protest in Tibet. The spirit of dissent among Tibetans is far stronger than China realises. We can only expect that protests will continue to take place until Tibetans achieve the freedom they crave.”


Notes to Editors

1. Chinese: Xicang Township, Luqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.

2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8505913177/in/photostream



3. http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/pr/two-young-men-die-separate-protests-against-china%E2%80%99s-occupation-tibet

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