Self-immolation protests and suspicious deaths continue inside Tibet

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Several news outlets are reporting that a Tibetan woman, Dekyi Choezom, immolated herself in the Kyigudo region of eastern Tibet on June 27. The forty-year-old is believed to have self-immolated in protest against Chinese policies, though Tibet Post International (TPI) reports that “her demands were not explicit.” Dekyi has so far survived, though she is in the hospital with severe burns. At least 42 other Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009.

In other news, TPI also reports that on July 1, the body of a 43-year-old Tibetan monk by the name of Drakmar Phelgye was discovered near a police station in Palung County. Drakmar, the accountant for Xaichong monastery, had gone missing on June 20; his body was found in a ditch near the police station by searchers. According to TPI, the police department released a statement about Pelgye’s death, explaining that a policeman named Ma broke into the monastery with plans to steal the key to the monastery’s safe. Pelgye recognized Ma, police said, and asked him why he was doing it. In a panic, the police explained, Ma gagged and killed Pelgye, and dumped his body in a ditch.

Buddhadharma News is committed to keeping the Western Buddhist community informed on happenings inside of Tibet. For all previous coverage of the recent wave of self-immolation protests, see here.