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Tibetans gathered at the main temple of Tsuk-lag-khang, Dharamsala, India to pay respect and pray for Shichung, a 41 year old farmer and part time tailor, who self-immolated in Goman township of Ngaba County, Sichuan Province on September 28, 2013.

The prayer organized by Department of Religion and Culture in exile was presided over by Kirti Rinpoche, head of the Kirti Monastery. At the gathering, Lobsang Sangay, head of Tibetan administration in exile, paid respect to the family members of the deceased and urged everyone to do the same. He further expressed concern over the heightening security and restrictions of the Tibetans living in Driru, Tawu, and Zotoe region as imposed by the Chinese officials.

While speaking to VOA, Tibetans present at the prayer expressed deep sadness and concern over increasing number of self-immolations inside Tibet.

The Tibetan Parliament in Exile also reiterated China to stop the repressive policies in Tibet in a press statement they issued.

Shichung becomes the 121st Tibetan since 2009 to burn themselves on fire in protest against China’s repressive policies towards Tibetans.
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