Tibetan mother burns herself to death in China: Reports

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Tibetan mother burns herself to death in China: Reports

Sangye Tso died after setting herself on fire in Zhouni, a Tibetan-majority area of the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu, sources told Radio Free Asia (RFA), which is backed by the US government.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 28 May 2015, 9:35 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:27 PM

Beijing: A Tibetan mother-of-two burned herself to death to highlight repression in the Chinese Himalayan region, overseas media and rights groups said, the second such fiery protest in eight days.

Sangye Tso died after setting herself on fire in Zhouni, a Tibetan-majority area of the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu, sources told Radio Free Asia (RFA), which is backed by the US government.

The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) said the 36-year-old was “believed” to have killed herself in Wednesday’s protest, which it said was staged outside a “government building”.

RFA said her self-immolation took place outside a “Chinese police headquarters”. It is the 141st such act in Tibet and elsewhere since 2009, most of them fatal, it said.

The woman is survived by her husband, son and daughter, both reports said.

However, an official in Zhouni, in Gannan prefecture, denied the immolation had taken place.

“No, it didn’t happen at all,” he told AFP.

The reports come after a father-of-four was last week said to have set himself on fire in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, which is also home to many Tibetans.

 



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