Tibetan Student Dies in Self-Immolation

Tibetan Student Dies in Self-Immolation

A Tibetan student has burned himself to death in the first apparent self-immolation in several months. James Griffiths at South China Morning Post reports:

According to Radio Free Asia and pro-Tibetan organisations, student Lhamo Tashi set himself on fire on September 17 outside a police station in Hezuo county in Gansu’s Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. He died on the spot, sources said.

There have been around 130 in protest against Chinese rule over since 2009. More than 80 Tibetans self-immolated in 2012 during the height of the protests, while numbers declined last year and this year.

On April 15, a 32-year-old man burned himself to death in Daofu county, Sichuan province. Around a year earlier, the area had been the site of a shooting by Chinese security forces when they opened fire on a crowd of worshippers who were marking the 78th birthday of the Dalai Lama, injuring at least seven people. [Source]

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