“Burning Tibetan Charges At Police”

From RFA, news of the 61st Tibetan self-immolation:

Lhamo Kyap, a 27-year-old father of two young daughters, torched himself and ran in flames towards a group of plainclothes policemen who tried to stop him outside the Bora monastery in Sangchu (Xiahe, in Chinese) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the sources said.

“At 2 p.m., he set himself on fire near the monastery and ran towards the monastery,” one source told RFA’s Tibetan service, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“When he encountered some policemen in plainclothes, who were pretending to circumambulate the monastery and tried to stop him, he charged at them,” the source said. “They avoided him.”

Monks from the Bora monastery and hundreds of local residents converged at the area and took his body to the monastery where prayers were held, according to another source inside Tibet. The body was later taken to his home.

“Several hundred residents of Bora area rushed to the scene the moment they heard about the incident. They brought his body from the monastery to his home, chanting prayers in chorus,” the source said.

Lhamo Kyap left behind a wife, Dorjee Kyi, and two daughters under 10 years old—Pema Tso and Drukmo Tso, the source said.

Note that this is happening in spite of the special meeting in Dharamsala just a few weeks ago, which explicitly called for a stop to the self-immolations. This isn’t about supporting or opposing the acts, it’s about if/when China will change the conditions that have created and sustained this crisis.

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