Tibet : Tibetan Woman Sets Herself Alight
A Tibetan woman set herself ablaze last week in protest against land confiscation policies.The woman, whose name and age are unknown, self-immolated on June 27 in the township of Jyekundo.She moved to the area a couple of years ago and the self-immolation was in protest against the confiscation of her residence.Authorities had spared homes in the neighborhood of those who maintained good relations with local authorities, but had singled out her residence for demolition.Ngawang Topden, a source from Jyekundo who currently lives in southern India, said that the woman had set herself on fire in an area near the Jyekun monastery sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.
He said that after the woman self-immolated, authorities extinguished the flames and rushed her to a local hospital. Her present condition is unknown, although she was thought to be “seriously” injured.
He said it was unclear what slogans the woman had shouted before setting herself alight as authorities had moved to shut down the flow of information from the area.
Police cordoned off the site of the self-immolation after the woman was brought to the hospital and have since forbidden meetings between Tibetan residents, Ngawang Topden said. He said that many people from the area had witnessed the incident.
He said the woman’s family had tried to visit her in the hospital, but had been prevented from doing so by authorities.
Chinese security forces in April last year broke up a mass protest by Tibetans in Yulshul over the seizure of their land for redevelopment after the area was devastated by the 2010 earthquake.
About 300 Tibetans—unhappy at the government takeover of their land—sat down in protest at the town’s main intersection.
Many of the protesters were wounded and several detained in the bloody crackdown by up to 500 armed police, according to sources.