Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET on 2014-03-16
Two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire Sunday on the sixth anniversary of a deadly crackdown by Chinese authorities on Tibetans that had sparked an unending spate of self-immolation protests against Beijing’s rule, according to exile sources.
Lobsang Palden, 20, from the restive Kirti monastery in Sichuan province’s Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, self-immolated in Ngaba county while another monk, whose name was not immediately available, set himself on fire in Tsekhog (Zeku) county in Qinghai province’s Malho (Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the sources said.
Palden self-immolated on the main road in Ngaba county, which was renamed in 2012 by Tibetans as “Heroes Street” after it became a regular venue for burning protests against Chinese rule, according to Tibetan exile monks Kanyak Tsering and Lobsang Yeshi, based in India’s northern hill town Dharamsala.
Lobsang Palden |洛桑华旦 was the 132th(127thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.