Chagdor Kyab

May 2, 2017;

2017/ Chagdor Kyab, 16, has self-immolated in Bora in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Amdo, in protest against Chinese rule. Chagdor Kyab is a student from a farming family and staged his protest near Bora monastery which is a branch of Labrang Tashikyil monastery. He is reported as shouting “Tibet wants freedom” and “Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama come back to Tibet” while he burned. Radio Free Asia has reported that he tried to run towards the Chinese government offices but collapsed. Chinese police and military swiftly arrived at the scene, extinguished the flames and removed the body, it is not known whether he survived. His parents are farmers from Dardo, his mother is named Dolma Tso, his father Zoepa. Tight security and communications restrictions in the area delayed news and information about this protest reaching the outside world.

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