Following eight self-immolations by Tibetan monks this year, a Tibetan nun has set herself on fire and died yesterday. This is believed to be the first case of a female self-immolation in the region. Via RFA:
Tenzin Wamgmo, about 20 years old, called for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader living in exile in India, before succumbing to her burns.
The nun is also from Ngaba and lived a few kilometers from the Kirti monastery, which has been under siege by Chinese security forces most of this year and from where most monks who self-immolated have come.
Around noon, “a nun killed herself by setting her body on fire,” Aba Jigme, a native of Aba, told RFA. “But she died on the spot after calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.”
She chose to self-immolate outside Ngaba town, the scene of most of the fiery protests, due to a heavy security presence in the town, he said.
Ngaba (Aba) is now almost in a state of lockdown as Chinese security forces step up their presence in the region.