At least two more people are dead in the ongoing wave of self-immolation protests against China’s occupation of Tibet. Voice of America reports that an 18-year-old man named Sangay Tashi set himself on fire late Tuesday evening in Sangchu, Eastern Tibet, while shouting slogans for Tibetan independence and the return of the Dalai Lama. He died at the scene. Phayul reports that he called a relative and told them of his plans to self-immolate, and shut off his phone before the relative could say anything. By the time his family arrived at the scene of his fiery protest, he was already dead. He leaves behind his parents and four siblings.
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Tibetan news sources are reporting that five more people have self-immolated in eastern Tibet in the past three days. Gonpo Tsering, a 24-year-old father of three young children, set himself on fire in front of the Ala Deu-go Monastery in Luchu region of Kanlho Monday evening, while calling for freedom and independence in Tibet. He died at the scene, and monks took his body inside the monastery to keep it away from Chinese police.
Phayul.com reports that Kunchok Tsering, 18, died after self-immolating near an abandoned gold mine in the Amchok region of eastern Tibet. Monks from the Amchok monastery, along with many local Tibetans, have reportedly gathered at his home to pay their respects. Kunchok Tsering leaves behind his wife, his parents, and an older brother.
Two more young Tibetan men are dead after self-immolating on Thursday, bringing the total number of Tibetans to self-immolate since 2009 to at least 80. Tadin Kyab, 23, self-immolated in the town of Luchu, in eastern Tibet, on Thursday evening.
The Central Tibet Administration reports that someone who knew Tadin said he had talked about self-immolation in the past, and said “there is no worth living if His Holiness the Dalai Lama is not allowed to return to his homeland.” Tadin, a former monk at Shitsang monastery, is survived by his mother and two brothers.
Chinese state media are reporting that two more Tibetans have died after self-immolating in protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. Thirty-five-year-old Tsering Dongri (identified by other sources as Tsering Dundrup) set himself on fire near a remote gold mine in Gansu on Tuesday. A man in his 20s, identified as Wangchen Norbu, self-immolated later on Tuesday at the home of his brother, a Buddhist monk, in Qinghai Province late Monday. Read More »
Two more Tibetans died this weekend after self-immolating in protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. On Saturday, a 24-year-old man named Sangdhak Tsering self-immolated in Rebkong, eastern Tibet. He died from his injuries, leaving behind a three-year-old child. Earlier in the day, Chagmo Kyi, a taxi driver and mother of two, died after setting herself on fire in nearby Rongwo.
At least 76 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009, 14 of them since November 7, the day before the Chinese Communist Party met to choose new leadership. Click here for all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the wave of protests.
As Phayul.com reported yesterday, “a British national Tibetan Buddhist monk has self-immolated within his monastery premises in France Thursday afternoon.
“Speaking to Phayul, an official of the Nalanda Monastery, Labastide-Saint-Georges in Tarn district of southern France, identified the monk as Tunden, 38.” (Click here to read Phayul’s report.)
Reason for the self-immolation is at this time unknown. Nalanda has posted a note on its Facebook page that reads, in part:
“Venerable Tunden was 38 years old from the UK, and had been living in the monastery for the last five years. He did not leave any message, and nothing indicated that he was about to carry out such action. Read More »
News reports from Tibet say that two more people have died after self-immolating in protest of China’s continued occupation of Tibet. Phayul.com reports that a 23-year-old woman, Tangzin Dolma, died after setting herself on fire in the Tsemo Region of Rebkong, Eastern Tibet. A large funeral is reportedly being planned for her.
Earlier on Thursday, Phayul also reported, an 18-year-old man named Kharbum Gyal died after self-immolating in Rongwo, also in Rebkong. He leaves behind his parents and six siblings. Other sources give his name as Karpongya and his age as only 14. Read More »
Two Tibetan men died in self-immolation protests yesterday, becoming the eighth and ninth to self-immolate in just the past week.
Both immolations happened in the village of Dowa, in Rebkong County, where three other immolations have happened this month. The first man was Nyingkar Tashi, 24, who reportedly set himself alight in the afternoon during a prayer ceremony honoring Tamding Tso, a young mother who died in a self-immolation protest last week.
The other man was identified as Nyingchag Bum, an 18 year-old Tibetan who self-immolated about four hours later outside a Chinese government building. According to Tibet Post International, 72 people have now self-immolated in protest of China since 2009, resulting in at least 57 deaths. Read More »
In the wake of yesterday’s self-immolation protest by a Rebkong man, thousands of Tibetan students in the region are today taking part in substantial street protests, according to Phayul.com and Tibet Post International (TPI).
TPI is reporting that some 5,000 students took to the main street of Rongpo Gyalthang township this morning at 5 a.m. local Tibetan time. TPI has also received estimated reports of 10,000 or more protesters. This movement began yesterday as thousands gathered at Dolma Square after 18-year-old Kalsang Jinpa self-immolated. Two other people have also self-immolated in Rebkong in the past week.
Meanwhile, China continues to blame His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Tibet’s self-immolation protests. Read More »
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. Read More »
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. Read More »
A 25-year-old farmer and thangka painter has become the latest Tibetan to self-immolate in protest of Chinese occupation.
The man, identified as Dorje Lungdup, set himself on fire Sunday morning in the Rebkong region of Amdo, also known as China’s Qinghai Province. He died at the scene, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.
The Tibet Post reports that Chinese police tried to take his body from the scene, but Tibetans at the scene resisted them and took the man’s body to a nearby monastery, where it was cremated. Thousands of people reportedly attended the ceremony. Read More »
At least seven Tibetans self-immolated to protest Chinese occupation last week, the largest number in a week since the wave of immolation protests began.
Cousins Tsepo, 20, and Tenzin, 25, set themselves on fire in front of a government building in Biru County, north of Lhasa, on Thursday. Tsepo reportedly died at the scene; Tsepo was taken away by authorities, and his condition is unknown. Free Tibet said it took two days for information about these immolations to emerge, as Chinese police being deployed across Tibet are making Tibetans afraid to speak out.
At least 60 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009; click here to see all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the wave of protests.