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Tibetan mother of two sets fire to herself outside government building

Sangye Tso set fire to herself on May 27 in a township in Chone (Chinese: Zhuoni) county, Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture) in Gansu Province, according to Tibetan sources. The location she chose to self-immolate was significant – outside a government building near the monastery of Tashi Choekhorling in Dorkok township. A Tibetan exile source in contact with Tibetans in the area said: “The specific location was the Party and government offices, including the local police station, symbolic to locals of policies of injustice against Tibetans, as well as the main offices to enforce the crackdown against police protest in 2008.” 

The self-immolation followed teachings this week by the head lama of the monastery in the township, coinciding with the important and holy Buddhist month of Saga Dawa, during which the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death occurs.
Sangye Tso is believed to have died after the self-immolation and was taken away by police. Armed police immediately raided homes of her family and detained some of her relatives, according to the same sources.






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