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Three Self-immolations in Two days, Total Reaches 84


Kunchok Tsering

Kunchok Tsering

Three Tibetans have set themselves on fire across different Tibetan regions since yesterday, bringing the total number of self-immolations to 84.

Self-Immolation in Dokarmo

Sangay Dolma, a nun of Sangag Mindrol Dhargeyling nunnery, died after burning herself on Sunday in front of the Chinese government office in Dokarmo town of Tsekhog, Malho Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai Province. Sangay is known to have left a note behind. Local sources say Tibetans gathered in large numbers to pray for Sangay.

Self-Immolation in Serthar

Wangyal, a Tibetan man in his 20s, set himself on fire today around noon in front of the golden-horse statue at the local ground in Serthar town, Karze Prefecture in Eastern Tibet in Sichuan Province. He is reported to have shouted slogans calling for the return of the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibetan people. Sources say Chinese authorities immediately arrived at the scene of the protest and took Wangyal’s charred body. His whereabouts and condition is unknown.

Self-Immolation in Amchok

Kunchok Tsering, 18, died after setting himself ablaze today in Amchok region in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) county, Kanlho (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province (the Tibetan area of Amdo). He burned himself at the same mining site where Tsering Dhondup died after his self-immolation last week on November 20. Amchok monastery monks and a large number of local Tibetans are known to have gathered at the deceased’s home to offer prayers. Kunchok Tsering is survived by his wife, Sangay Tso, 19 and parents Phagkyab, 40 and Gonpo Tso, 37, and an elder brother.

Mass Student Protest in Chabcha

Earlier today, thousands of students in Chabcha county Tsolho (Chinese: Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, protested Chinese official’s denouncement of self-immolators. Sources tell VOA that Chinese security personnel used violence in breaking the peaceful demonstrations, causing severe injuries to many students.

More than 84 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009, demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama from exile. In November, 22 Tibetans are reported to have burned themselves.

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