Tibetan nomad self-immolates

Friday, 15 June 2012

Free Tibet press release

Tamdrinthar, a Tibetan nomadic man in his early 60s, set fire to himself outside the Chinese People’s Armed Police compound in Markethang Town, Eastern Tibet (1) at 6am local time this morning, 15 June 2012. Tamdrin died at the scene and police took his body to Xining.

Four to five hundred local lay people and monks then protested in the town, demanding the return of Tamdrin’s body. His body was returned to his family who have taken it to Lamo Dechen Monastery.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented:

“Tamdrin’s act was a clear and absolute rejection of Chinese rule: he set fire to himself at a location that represents to Tibetans the brutality of China’s occupation."


Notes to Editors

1) Markethang Town is the capital of Chentsa County, Malho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Chinese: Maketang Zhen, Jianzha County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Prefecture, Qinghai)

2) For further information about self-immolations in Tibet in 2011-12:

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