Two Tibetan monks die in double self-immolation; possible third immolation unconfirmed

Lobsang Dawa and Kunchok Woeser

Two young monks are dead after self-immolating at the Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Zoege, Eastern Tibet, on Wednesday evening, Phayul reports. Lobsang Dawa, 20, and Kunchok Woeser, 22, set themselves alight outside the monastery’s main prayer hall. Both of them died at the scene, and their bodies were taken back to their rooms for prayer services. Chinese police have reportedly ordered that both bodies be cremated by Thursday morning.

There are also reports that a young mother self-immolated on Wednesday in Zamthang, Eastern Tibet, but these have not been confirmed.

At least 117 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese occupation since 2009. Click here to see all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the protests.