Two Tibetans self-immolate in two days; one confirmed dead

One Tibetan man is dead, and another in unknown condition, after self-immolating in separate incidents on Sunday and Monday.

Tsezung Kyab, 27, set himself on fire in front of the main prayer hall of the Shitsang Monastery in Luchu, Eastern Tibet, early Monday afternoon. He died at the scene.

The Tibet Post reports that prayers were taking place inside the monastery at the time to mark the Chotrul Monlam Chenmo holiday. Chinese police reportedly tried to extinguish the flames, but since Kyab was already on fire, Tibetans prevented them from intervening. Kyab’s cousin, Pema Dorjee, self-immolated in the same place in December.

On Sunday, Phakmo Thondup, about 20 years old, self-immolated at the Jhakhyung Monastery in Palung, eastern Tibet. Reports say monks took him to a nearby hospital for treatment, but there is no word on his condition.

Over 100 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009, though counts vary among sources. Click here for all of Buddhadharma News’ coverage of the immolations.