Tibetan monk taken by security forces after setting himself alight

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

In the third reported self-immolation in Tibet within two days, Sandhag (age unconfirmed) set himself alight in the main street of Ngaba, eastern Tibet, yesterday 25 February around 10am local time (1). Security forces put out the flames and took him to the local hospital. Sandhag has subsequently been moved from the hospital and his current whereabouts are unknown. A heavy security presence was reported in the town immediately following the protest but restrictions have since been relaxed.

Sandhag was a monk in the local Dhupu monastery (2). His protest follows that of Tsesung Kyab earlier the same day in Luchu County and Phakmo Dhondup on Sunday (3).

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Notes to Editors
1. Location: Ngaba town, Ngaba Tibeta Autonomous Prefecture (TAP), eastern Tibet. Chinese: Aba, Aba TAP, Sichuan Province.
2. Full name of monastery: Dhupugon Gelek Thridzokling, Drotsag (Chinese: Hezhi) township, Ngaba.
3. Tsesung Kyab press release; full list of self-immolations

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