Latest protest brings thousands to the streets

Sunday, 4 November 2012
A large crowd gathers at Dorje Lungdup's cremation

Father of two is latest to set himself on fire

Thousands of Tibetans gathered today to honour the latest person to set themselves on fire for freedom in Tibet.

Dorje Lungdup set fire to himself at approximately 10:30am (local time) this morning today near Sakyil Hotel in Rongwo town and died at the scene.

His body was taken to Dolma Square in front of Rongwo Monastery. A large crowd converged to pay their respects.

Similar Tibetan protests

Dorje Lungdup was cremated immediately to prevent the authorities from interfering.

The cremation took place at the same site where two other men who set themselves on fire in Rongwo were also cremated earlier this year. Those self-immolations sparked the largest protests in Tibet since 2008.

For Tibet

Prayers for Dorje Lungdup's cremation 4 Nov 2012 compress.jpgA representative of the family told the crowd that Dorje Lungdup set fire to himself for the return of the Dalai Lama and begged them not to protest for the sake of their safety. A family member was overheard saying that Dorje Lungdup set fire to himself for Tibet.

A large security presence has since been deployed. Tibetans in the town say that they are frightened to leave their homes. Internet and mobile communications are being interrupted to prevent the spread of information.

Dorje Lungdup was a father of two children. His was a traditional Tibetan Thangka artist.

More than 60 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese occupation of their country. Read the full list.

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