Tibetan nomadic woman sets fire to herself

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

A 23-year-old Tibetan nomadic woman, Tamdin Tso (1), set fire to herself today, between 5 and 6pm (local time), near Rongwo in Rebkong County, Eastern Tibet (2). Tamdin Tso died at the scene. She had a five year-old son.

Tamdin Tso took petrol from a motorbike and set fire to herself in the family's winter pasture. Her body was taken back to her family’s home and local people gathered there to pray.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“We expect Tibetan protests to continue to escalate as the Communist Party Congress gets under way. Just today, we have received reports of several further incidents of Tibetan self-immolation, as yet unconfirmed due to the intensifying restrictions on communications in Tibet.”

Over two thirds of those who have self-immolated are under 25 and have grown up under Chinese rule. Their protests belie China’s propaganda that Tibetans are happy and thriving. Tibetans young and old, men and women from all walks of life across a vast area of Tibet are setting fire to themselves in protest at China’s occupation.

Self-immolations are just one form of the many Tibetan protests documented over the last eighteen months. Tibetans are risking imprisonment and torture to take to the streets in large numbers or stand alone and hand out leaflets, demanding their freedom.


Notes to Editors

1) A portrait photograph of Tamdin Tso is available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/

2) Chinese: Tongren, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

3) Free Tibet press releases detailing recent protests: http://freetibet.org/news-media/press-releases

4) Full list of Tibetan self-immolations: http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet

Free Tibet is an international campaigning organisation that stands for the right of Tibetans to determine their own future. We campaign for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected.

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