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Father of two self-immolates in north-east Tibet PDF Print E-mail
[21 October 2012] A Tibetan father of two died after self-immolating on 20 October outside Bora monastery in north-eastern Tibet. There have now been 56 self-immolations in Tibet since February 2009, 43 of which have taken place this year.

Lhamo KyabAt approximately 2pm local time on 20 October, Lhamo Kyab (pictured right), a 27 year-old Tibetan layman, set fire to himself outside Bora monastery in Labrang county (also known in Tibetan as Sangchu; in Chinese: Xiahe), Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) prefecture in Amdo (now part of China's Gansu province). Lhamo was then seen running down the street and heard to be calling for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. He died shortly afterwards.

Local people and monks managed to prevent security officials from taking his body away, with minor scuffles reported. Lhamo's body was first taken to Bora monastery where prayers were said before being taken to his home.

Lhamo Kyab was married with two daughters and lived in Drognang lower village in Bora township.

[UPDATE 29 October]
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy have issued a report quoting a Tibetan who spoke to Lhamo Kyab just before he set fire to himself. The source, who is not named for their own protection, was called by Lhamo moments before the protest as Lhamo stood outside Bora monastery .

Lhamo asked his friend to come and pick him up, but his friend was unable to. Lhamo said, "Oh, no problem. This evening you might hear something." Before hanging up Lhamo added, "These Chinese are not letting us live in peace. It's better to die, better to die."

The same source said that during his protest, Lhamo shouted slogans calling for independence for Tibet, the release of the Panchen Lama and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

Since the self-immolation security has increased in the Bora region. Armed police are patrolling the area, checkpoints have been set up and the movements of Tibetans are being monitored. Despite the security restrictions over 400 Tibetans attended Lhamo Kyab's funeral on 23 October.

Further reading: RFA I Phayul I TCHRD

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