Prayers of solidarity for protester

29th November 2012

Thousands resist heavy military presence to pay their respects

Despite large numbers of Chinese security forces in the area, more than 40 monks turned up at protester Kalsang Kyab’s home to pay their respects.

Self-immolation protest

The monks, from Taksang Lhamo Kirti monastery, arrived around 10pm local time on Wednesday to perform prayers of dedication to the protester, who set himself on fire on the day before.

During the day, more than 1,000 local people arrived in the Goe Shoka area to light butter lamps, present traditional Khata scarves to his remains, and a prayer service was held.

“I am setting myself on fire for Tibet”

Kalsang Kyab, 24, left the following testament:

“Greetings to my dear brothers and sisters and especially my parents, the kindest of all in this world. I am setting myself on fire for the sake of Tibet. The long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama must be assured. It is my wish that the sun of happiness may shine on the land of Tibet.”

Security forces

There is a heavy military presence in the area and more than 200 armed police have been deployed, with two more trucks in neighbouring village areas.

The internet has also been cut.

Tibet Spring

More than 80 people have set fire to themselves since March 2011. At least 20 of these protests have taken place in the last month alone. Read the full list here.

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