22 October 2012
Source: Reporters Without Borders
(RSF/IFEX) – The Chinese authorities have again raided a Tibetan monastery in order to arrest monks for circulating information about self-immolation protests. This time the target was Dokar monastery in Hezuo (Tsoe in Tibetan), in the western province Gansu.
Following the self-immolations of Sangay Gyatso on 6 October and Tamdin Dorjee on 13 October, the police swooped on Dokar monastery on 17 October and arrested four Tibetan monks – Jigme Gyatso, Kalsang Gyatso, Kunchok Gyatso and Tashi Gyatso – for taking photos of Sangay Gyatso’s body.
The Chinese authorities have placed the entire Hezuo region under close surveillance and put pressure on Sangay Gyatso’s family to sign a statement that his self-immolation protest was not targeted against China’s rule over Tibet.
At least 54 Tibetans have set fire to themselves since 2009 in protest against Chinese rule.
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