Sangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Tashi Kyi, a Tibetan woman of 55, set herself on fire in protest against the demolition of homes in her village by the Chinese police. The event took place last Thursday (August 27) in the village of Ngulra in the town of Sangkok, County Sangchu (Xiahe in Chinese), in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gannan (Gansu Province).
The woman was rescued by residents of the village, who tried to extinguish the flames, but she died the next day at 3 am (local time) from injuries. A Tibetan source told Radio Free Asia that at dawn police officials forcibly took her body, despite the resistance of her family who asked to be able to celebrate her burial.
According to the source, on the afternoon of August 27, more than 150 officers raided the village of Ngulra and began demolishing the homes of residents with bulldozers, saying that the owners were not in possession of valid permits. The site Free Tibet reports that "several residents protested by clinging on to the bulldozers" and that Kyi "decided to self-immolate against the destruction of her village."
This is the seventh self-immolation of Tibetan dissidents since the beginning of the year, the 143th since the 2008 protests in the Tibetan province of Lhasa. On that occasion, the fighting flared on the anniversary of the violently repressed Lhasa uprising against Beijing - March 1959 - that cost the lives of about 220 people.
The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) reports the memory of her nephew (a Buddhist monk), who explains how the woman was a "generous Buddhist and devoted to her family, she was living in fairly good economic conditions in a three floor building near the Labrang Monastery in Tashikyil ". She leaves four children (three of whom are monks), a husband and father of 80. The inhabitants of "the village remember her for her kindness and courage – he continues. She also visited India twice to receive a blessing from the Dalai Lama. "
Meanwhile in India, the fourth edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival will be held from 5 to 8 September. The program also includes the screening in the documentary film "Ta Lung" by Japanese director Kaoru Ikeya on self-immolations by Tibetan monks and dissidents.