On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, a mother of three young children has torched herself to death in an apparent protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet, today.
Rikyo, 33, set herself on fire near the Jonang Zamthang Gonchen monastery in Zamthang (Ch: Rangtang) county, in the distraught Ngaba region, the nerve centre of the ongoing wave of self-immolations in Tibet.
“Rikyo set herself on fire at around 3 pm (local time) today close to the Jonang Monastery, protesting against Chinese rule,” Gyatso said. “She passed away at the site of her protest.”
Rikyo’s body is currently being kept at the Jonang Monastery, although Chinese security personnel have reportedly demanded the body to be removed.
Rikyo is survived by her husband and three children, the eldest, a 9-year old son and two daughters aged 7 and 5.
Rikyo | 日玖 was the 43th(40thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 7thfemale self-immolator.