Tibetan stabbed himself and jumped to his death from the roof of a building in Tibet’s Chamdo prefecture on 7th May after authorities tried to halt his protest against a Chinese mine being built in the area. Phakpa Gyaltsen, 32, died instantly after throwing himself from a building in Dzogang prefecture’s Tongbar town. Gyaltsen went to the town center, climbed onto a high building, and called out for Tibetan freedom.When attempts were made to stop him, he stabbed himself twice and jumped off the building, dying instantly.

Tibetans decided to stop the plan, and every day three Tibetans were sent to guard the area, working in rotation.Some of those watching the site were later detained by police in Tongbar.

Authorities also tried to convince area residents not to oppose the mining by offering each family 10,000 yuan in compensation but the Tibetans argued that mining would have negative impacts on the area.
Phone connections to the area are now blocked, and it is difficult to learn anything more about what is happening.

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