Monk dies in Tibet protest

19th December 2013

Tibetans continue to set fire to themselves

A monk has died in Eastern Tibet after setting himself on fire in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet. Tsultrim Gyatso, who was believed to be in his early 40s, set himself alight in Sangchu County around 2.30pm local time today. He died at the scene.

Oppression in Tibet

He left behind a note which explained his actions: ‘I set my precious human body on fire for the return of Gyalwang Tenzin Gyatso [the Dalai Lama] back home, for the release of Panchen Lama from prison and for the welfare of six million Tibetans’. The note also made reference to the ‘oppression’ faced by ‘common citizens’ in Tibet and China’s seizing of natural resources through mining.

Protests in Tibet

His body was taken back to Amchok Monastery, where he lived. Fellow monks conducted death ceremonies. More than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against the occupation of Tibet. Read the list.

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