DHARAMSHALA, December 28: A Tibetan school student in south India has attempted to set himself on fire in solidarity with the wave of self-immolations inside Tibet and in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet.
On November 24, Lungrig Dorjee, a ninth grade student at the Tibetan Children’s Village School, Bylakuppe was seen and stopped minutes before he was could put a matchstick to his body doused in inflammable liquid.
“Lungrig had skipped the function on the day when the school was to break for its annual winter vacations,” Lobsang Yeshi, a Tibetan member of parliament based in the largest Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe said. “Instead, he doused himself in diesel in an area nearby the school premises. Alert onlookers saw him and were able to stop him minutes before he tried to set himself ablaze.”
“Lungrig then went to some other location to make yet another attempt at self-immolation but he was stopped by local people and school teachers.”
Later, speaking about his self-immolation attempt, Lungrig said the ongoing security crackdown inside Tibet by Chinese authorities has further restricted the basic freedoms of the Tibetan people and stifled all information coming out of the region.
“And as a person living in a free country, I thought with my self-immolation I could make the world aware of the critical situation inside Tibet.”
Lungrig was born in Tibet and escaped into exile to study. He keenly follows the situation inside Tibet and took active participation in the school co-curricular activities.
Lungrig Dorjee | 敦格多杰 was the 4th(1stin India) Tibetan who attempted self-immolatin (since 2012) but failed.
敦格多杰在西藏出生，后流亡印度，在位於南印度的卡納塔卡邦府 拜拉庫培（Bylakuppe, Karnataka）的藏人孩童村学校就读。