Fatal Self-immolation Confirmed in Eastern Tibet

23-year-old Dhopo called for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet

A young Tibetan has died after carrying out a self-immolation protest in eastern Tibet.

Dhopo, aged 23, set himself on fire in Ngaba, eastern Tibet, on Sunday 4 November.

While he was burning, Dhopo shouted slogans calling for the Dalai Lama’s long life and for his return to Tibet from exile. According to eyewitnesses, his words were: “May the Dalai Lama live long! May we soon behold his golden countenance!”

Dhopo was from the village of Jakorma in the Choejema area of Ngaba County. Of the more than 150 confirmed self-immolations that have taken place in Tibet since 2009, 41 have taken place in Ngaba.

This is the first self-immolation protest to have taken place in Tibet since March this year, when Tsekho Tugchak fatally set himself on fire in Meruma Township, also in Ngaba County. The majority of self-immolation protests in Tibet have been fatal.

Dhopo, who died after a self-immolation protest in November 2018

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