Friday, 1 June 2012

Tibetan Mother of Three Burns herself to Death Protesting Chinese Rule

Two days ago a mother of three became the latest Tibetan to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule reports said while authorities have rounded up hundreds of people after two men set themselves alight in front of Tibet's main temple.

The woman, identified as 33-year-old Rechok, set herself on fire outside a Buddhist monastery Wednesday afternoon in an ethnically Tibetan region of western Sichuan province, according to London-based Free Tibet and U.S. government-backed broadcaster Radio Free Asia.

They said she died at the scene and her body was being kept at the temple for cremation.

That would mark at least the 35th Tibetan self-immolation since March of last year to draw attention to China's restrictions on Buddhism and call for the return from exile of the Dalai Lama.

Hundreds of people have been detained in Lhasa after two men set themselves on fire in the Tibetan capital. Radio Free Asia said Chinese security forces had rounded up hundreds of residents and pilgrims in the wake of Sunday's incident, the first major protest in the heavily-guarded city since deadly anti-government riots in 2008.

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