(TibetanReview.net, Dec09, 2016) – There has been yet another protest self-immolation in Chinese ruled Tibet, with the incident occurring this time in Machu (Chinese: Maqu) County of Gansu Province on Dec 7 evening. Several video grabs said to be of that incident have surfaced on the internet, although there are not details whatsoever about the identity of the self-immolator at this time.
The videos show a person engulfed in a ball of fire while a woman standing nearby is heard murmuring prayers in the name of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
One video shows Chinese police arriving on the scene, which occurred at around 5 PM, and taking away the charred remains of the self-immolator without any medical personnel or equipment.
The exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala says this was the 145th such incident in Chinese ruled Tibet since Feb 2009.
The incident came nearly eight and half months after the protest self-immolation of a woman name Sonam Tso near a monastery in Dzoege (Ruo’ergai) County of Ngaba (Aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The woman, who was in her 50s, torched herself on Mar 23, as she shouted calls for the return of the Dalai Lama and for freedom for Tibet as she burned.