Two young Tibetans set fire to themselves

20th June 2012

Tibetan men call for solidarity amongst Tibetans and set fire to themselves

Nyawang Norpal (right), aged 22, and Tenzin Kaldrup, aged 24, set fire to themselves today in Zathod Township, Tridu County in Eastern Tibet. Tenzin Kaldrup died at the scene and Nyawang Norpal’s condition is described as critical. Both were taken to the local Zilkar monastery.

Letter calling for solidarity

Nyawang Norpal and Tenzin Kaldrup left a letter saying that they were setting fire to themselves for the sake of all Tibetans and calling for solidarity amongst Tibetans.

Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden commented:

“Tibetans are giving their lives to highlight the horror of life under Chinese rule and yet the international community remains mute. We must break this shameful silence.”

More than 40 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire in protest at the repressive Chinese occupation of their country. See the full list.