Tashi Kyi

August 27, 2015;

Tashi Kyi, a woman in her mid 50s, has died after setting herself on fire in northwest China’s Gansu province, apparently protesting against the demolition of her home and her village by the Chinese authorities. Nearby people tried to save her but she died and her body was taken away by the authorities, despite appeals to let the family perform the last rites. Police and government officials had raided a house, apparently hers, and then started demolishing it and other houses with bulldozers, they also arrested and beat the owner. People were unable to stop them despite physically hanging onto the demolition equipment. Officials said the houses were being demolished because they did not have valid permits. Kyi was a resident of Ngulra village, Sangkok town in Sangchu county in the Kanlho prefecture.

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