“Tibetan Woman Torches Herself”

Fast on the heels of the twin immolations in Lhasa, another self-immolation in Amdo:

A Tibetan woman set herself ablaze and died Wednesday in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, exile sources said, as a wave of self-immolations against Beijing’s rule intensifies.

Rikyo, a 33-year-old mother of three children, torched herself on Wednesday afternoon near a monastery in Dzamthang (in Chinese, Rangtang) county in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the epicenter of the burnings which began in February 2009.

Her self-immolation brings to 38 the number of burnings so far protesting Chinese rule in Tibetan-populated areas and calling for the return of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

It was the same site where two Tibetan cousins self-immolated about a month ago to protest Chinese rule.

“Rikyo’s body is being held at the Jonang monastery even though the police arrived and demanded she be taken away.” Tsangyang Gyatso said.

Dzamthang was among at least three Sichuan counties where bloody protests occurred in January in which rights and exile groups believe at least six were killed and 60 injured, some critically.

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