March 16 self-immolation protester identified as Jigme Tenzin

25th March 2014

Monastery in lock down after fatal protest.

As we previously reported, two self-immolation protests took place on 16 March 2014. The identity of one protester was unknown but has now been confirmed as Jigme Tenzin, a monk in his late twenties, from Ngakar village in Tsekhog county. His protest took place near Shador monastery. Fellow monks found his remains and performed funeral rituals before informing local police.

Police brutality

Police went on to arrest and severely beat fourteen monks from Shador Monastery. Eleven of those arrested remain in detention. The monks from the monastery have been placed under house arrest and contact with their local community has been forbidden. One hundred days of “political re-education” has been imposed on the monastery.

Tibetan father missing

  Jigme’s two brothers were arrested on 18 March due to his protest and released on 23 March. Their father was taken by the police after he appealed to the authorities not to punish the monastery. 

Protester's death confirmed

Lobsang Palden who also set himself on fire on 16 March has now been confirmed to have died on 21 March 2014 in a hospital in Barkham, Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. His family were denied appropriate funeral ceremonies as the authorities cremated his body and returned his ashes. More than 125 other Tibetans have set themselves alight in protest of the Chinese brutal regime.

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