Five Tibetans self-immolate in one day

Tamding Tso

Reports are coming in that four, possibly five, Tibetans self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation on Wednesday.

Phayul is reporting that three teenage monks self-immolated Wednesday afternoon outside a police station in Ngaba, Tibet. The three teens — Dorjee, 15; Samdup, 16; and Dorjee Kyab, 16 — are monks at Ngoshul Monastery, near Ngaba. Dorjee is reported to have died at the scene; the other two were apparently taken to a hospital by police.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 23-year-old woman died after setting herself on fire Wednesday in the Rebkong region of Amdo, in eastern Tibet. The woman, identified as Tamding Tso, leaves behind a young son. The Central Tibetan Administration confirmed the immolation death of a man in Driru, Central Tibet, but no more details are available.

The Chinese Communist Party is scheduled to start its National Congress tomorrow, choosing a new president, premier, and other high-ranking leaders.

Nearly 70 Tibetans have self-immolated since the wave of protests began in 2009. Click here to see all of Buddhadharma News‘s coverage of the phenomenon.

(Photo: Free Tibet)