100th Tibetan self-immolates

14th February 2013

Protest milestone in Tibet

Lobsang Namgyal, a monk of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, is the 100th Tibetan in Tibet to set fire to themselves to protest China’s occupation.

The 37-year-old set fire to himself and called for the long life of the Dalai Lama in front of Dzoge County Public Security Bureau office on 3 February.

He died at the scene and his body was taken away by Chinese security forces who cremated him and then sent the ashes to his family.

China scare tactics

It took 10 days to confirm Lobsang Namgyal's protest because Tibetans are too frightened of Chinese state reprisals to share any information about protests.

Most people in Tibet believe that all communications are monitored and recently a number of Tibetans have been accused and convicted of information-sharing.

Disappearances, detentions and surveillance

In the days following Lobsang Namgyal’s protest his younger brother was detained, his family members followed and their telephones bugged.

In September 2012, Lobsang Namgyal was disappeared for two weeks, during which time his family searched for him but were not informed that he was being held by the police.

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