Young Tibetan man dead after self-immolation protest, sixth in two days

A young Tibetan man has died after self-immolating in protest of Chinese occupation, becoming the sixth to do so in just two days. Phayul reports that Kalsang Jinpa, an 18-year-old nomad, set himself on fire in front of Rongwo Monastery in Rebkong on Thursday. He died at the scene.

Before his fiery protest, Kalsang Jinpa raised a white banner calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the rights of the Tibetan people. Thousands of people have reportedly gathered in Rebkong to pay their respects to him.

Five people self-immolated throughout Tibet yesterday, including three teenage monks, a young mother, and another man, whose name and age have not been released. The Chinese Communist Party started its National Congress today, meeting to choose a new president, premier, and other high-ranking leaders.

The latest burnings bring the total of Tibetan self-immolations to at least 69 since the wave of protests started in 2009. Click here to see all of Buddhadharma News‘s coverage of the phenomenon.