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Dharamsala Holds Prayers Service to Mourn Self-Immolations


Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay addressing the hundreds gathered at Tsuklagkhang monastery in Dharamsala
Hundreds of Tibetans gathered at Tsuklagkhang Monastery in Dharamsala to pray for the three Tibetans who recently passed away in the latest self-immolation protests in Ngaba in Amdo, Eastern Tibet (Chinese: Aba County, Aba Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.)

Chopak, who burned himself last Friday died on his way to a hospital. Lungtok and Tashi, succumbed to their injuries after their twin self-immolation on Monday.

Tibetans Praying at Tsunglagkhang in Dharamsala
Tibetans Praying at Tsunglagkhang in Dharamsala
Central Tibetan Administration officials, monks, students and lay people attended the prayer presided by Tomdok Rinpoche, the abbot of Namgyal Monastery.

Prime Minister of the Tibetan Administration mourned the demise of the young men and urged people to pray for the deceased.

​49 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest at what they see as Chinese repression of their religion and culture -- a charge Beijing denies. Most of the self-immolations have happened in Ngaba prefecture in the southwest province of Sichuan.

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