July 11, 2012
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration said it is seriously concerned about the latest situation in Tibet involving a self-immolation of one more Tibetan in Tibet on 7 July.

Reports coming out of Tibet say Tsewang Dorjee, 22, a nomadic herder, set himself on fire in the main market of Damshung, about 160 kms from capital Lhasa, to protest against the Chinese government. He shouted slogans for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Security forces then put out the flame and bundled him away.

A latest report received by the Central Tibetan Administration says Tsewang Dorjee, who suffered 90 percent burn, has died.

The situation in the area remains tense, as authorities have tightened security in the region by detaining eyewitnesses and cutting off telecommunication lines.  

Moreover, many areas in eastern Tibet, the region where most of the self-immolations have taken place, are now also closed to foreigners, reported The New York Times.

The number of self-immolation incidents in Tibet since 2009 has now reached 43. The self-immolators have called for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.

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