Two monks set themselves alight in Tibet
Kunchok Woser and Lobsang Dawa set themselves alight in eastern Tibet at around 6.30pm (local time) today, 24 April (1). Both were monks at Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Dzoge county. They set themselves on fire inside the monastery in front of the prayer hall.
Both died at the scene. Free Tibet has received portrait images of both men (2).
Free Tibet director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said:
“A person dousing themselves in gasoline and setting themselves alight may no longer be unexpected in occupied Tibet but each individual’s choice to undertake this most extreme form of protest remains deeply important.
“All the Tibetans who resort to self-immolation do so because they feel they have no other way to make China and the world listen to their country’s call for freedom: as yet, China is still turning a deaf ear but the rest of the world must not.”
Kunchok Phlegay, a fellow monk at the same monastery, also set himself on fire at the same location in December last year. (3)
More than 100 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against China’s occupation of Tibet (4).
(1) Location: Dzoge County, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Eastern Tibet (Chinese: Ruoergai County, Aba Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan)
(2) Kunchok Woser http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8677627561/in/photostream
Lobsang Dawa http://www.flickr.com/photos/freetibetorg/8677627629/in/photostream/
(please credit Free Tibet if using images)
(4) Full list of self-immolations http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/full-list-self-immolations-tibet
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