18-year-old is latest Tibetan to set himself on fire

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Another teenager has self-immolated, and reportedly died, in Tibet.
The 18-year-old lay person, named Nangdrol, set himself on fire at around 2pm (local time) in Barma Township, Dzamthang County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (1) on 19 February. The self-immolation took place near the Jonang Dzamthang monastery (2).

Chinese security personnel tried to take his body away but it is understood to have been removed to the monastery by the local monks.

This is the latest such incident in the Ngaba region, site of most of the 20+ self-immolations which have taken place in Tibet since March last year. There are reports that Nangdrol left behind a ‘testament’.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said:

“This latest self-immolation demonstrates that the desire for freedom among Tibetans is stronger than ever. With the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising in March, we expect acts of dissent and protest to continue. The international community cannot afford to look away any longer.”

The township is the same place where Chinese forces shot and killed a young Tibetan named Urgen in January (3). There are reports that people in the town are now living under severe restrictions.


Notes to editors:

1 Chinese: Zhongrangtang Township, Rangtang County, Aba Autonomous Prefecture
2 The monastery houses 2,500 monks
3 http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/press-release-tibetan-shot-dead-ngaba-autonomous-prefecture
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