Young Tibetan man self-immolates in Ngaba province; condition unknown

The Tibet Post is reporting that another Tibetan has self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule. The 24-year-old man, named Chopa, set himself alight in the center of Meuruma Township in Ngaba Province on Friday morning. His condition is still unknown, though a statement from Kirti Monastery in India said it’s unlikely that Chopa will survive.

Government authorities and military forces descended on the town, witnesses say, and took Chopa away. Sources said hundreds of Chinese troops are now occupying the town, and most businesses and restaurants in the area are remaining closed as a show of solidarity with Chopa.

Nearly 50 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009. For all of Buddhadharma News’ coverage of the wave of self-immolation, see here.