According to the New York Daily News, an 18-year-old Tibetan nun, Tenzin Choedon, set her self on fire after shouting slogans against the Chinese government. She died from the injuries.
Choedon is not the only Tibetan to set herself on fire to protest the Chinese government’s treatment of the vast region, which has been under China’s rule for centuries. Tibetans are angry over the religious and cultural restrictions that the government has instilled on the region.
According to the article, “as many as 18 monks, nuns and ordinary Tibetans have set themselves on fire over the past year, and Free Tibet says at least 12 died from their injuries.”
The self immolations are a “protest against China’s policies and a call for the return of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans’ spiritual leader who fled from the Himalayan region to India amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.”