Bystanders near the scene in Tibet where Pema Gyaltsen performed a self-immolation protest have been detained and have had their possessions confiscated, according to Tibet Watch. The 24-year-old farmer was protesting near a scene of bystanders before Chinese authorities detained them. Some of them were beaten, according to reports.
Although a number have since been released, it is not known how many are still in custody. The crowd had approached local authorities to question Pema’s arrest. Locals have reported they assumed the crowd was arrested for security reasons and would undergo interrogation.
Pema was taken to a hospital following arrest.
In central London yesterday, dozens gathered outside the Chinese Embassy to stage a vigil in solidarity with Pema Gyaltsen. Many also chanted traditional Tibetan prayers.
Self-immolation has become a common site among Tibetans protesting what they see as Chinese aggression attacking Tibetan culture.