Ngaba – October 15th, 2011 : A former Kirti monk set fire to himself in a protest on the main street in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) county town just before noon on October 15, according to exiled Tibetan sources. Norbu Damdrul, a 19-year old former monk at Kirti monastery in Ngaba, shouted “We need freedom and independence for Tibet,” and called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet as his body was burning, according to the same sources.
Norbu’s body was badly burned, but according to the same sources he was still alive when police stationed on the street extinguished the flames and kicked Norbu before taking him away. According to at least one source in the area, the vehicle transporting Norbu Damdrul left the scene headed in the opposite direction of the local hospital, Norbu Damdrul’s current whereabouts and well-being are unknown, according to the same sources. A large crowd of Tibetans who had gathered at the scene was dispersed at gunpoint by security personnel, according to the same sources.
Norbu Damdrul is from Cheji township, Ngaba county, Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, the Tibetan area of Amdo. His protest is the eighth self-immolation protest in Ngaba since 2009, seven of which have occurred since March 16, 2011. Norbu Damdrul is a former monk at Kirti monastery and has lived with his parents since June, 2010, according to the same sources. It is not known whether Norbu Damdrul chose to disrobe, or was expelled from the monastery by government authorities.
Norbu Damdrul | 诺布占堆 was the 9th(9thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.