Tenzin Wangmo, a 20-year-old Tibetan nun, has been the first woman to set herself on fire in protest of the Chinese government's policies towards Tibet. Wangmo is the ninth person to self-immolate as a plea for religious freedom and Dalai Lama's return.
Digital Journal has reported in the past of many Tibetans self-immolating as a form of protest against the government of China and their policies towards Tibet. One of the recent cases occurred last month, where two Tibetan monks set themselves ablaze over China wanting to choose the next Dalai Lama.
The London-based Free Tibet campaign organization issued a press release Monday where it announced that unrest and violence continues. Two Tibetans were shot by Chinese authorities for reasons unknown and one Tibetan nun set herself on fire.
The two Tibetans, Dawa, who was shot in the leg, and Druklo, who was shot in the torso, were fired at over the weekend during a protest outside of a local police station in Khekor Township. Although there are no further details as to the state of their condition, it was reported that the two men were taken away from the scene by the local community.
Meanwhile, three kilometres outside of Ngaba Town, Tenzin Wangmo, a 20-year-old Tibetan nun, set herself ablaze as a call for action for religious freedoms and the return of the Dalai Lama. Wangmo is the first female to self-immolate.
“The unrest in Tibet is escalating and widening. The number and frequency of self-immolations is unprecedented. Tenzin Wangmo is the ninth Tibetan to self-immolate and the first woman. Information from Tibet suggests there are more who are willing to give their lives determined to draw global attention to the persistent and brutal violations Tibetans suffer under Chinese occupation,” said Stephanie Brigden, Free Tibet Director, in the news release.
“The acts of self-immolation are not taking place in isolation, protests have been reported in the surrounding region and calls for wider protests are growing. China has already responded with force in one instance we have grave concerns that greater force may be deployed if protests spread.”
China continues to receive harsh criticism from Western nations and human rights groups for their treatment towards Tibetans. Chinese authorities jailed three monks for at least 10 years for helping one monk burn himself to death.