Sangdag | 桑达

Sangdag | 桑达

Note: Japanese artist Tomoyo Ihaya painted the image for Sangdag.

February 26: In confirmed reports coming out of Tibet, a monk set himself on fire yesterday (Feb 25th) in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet.

Sangdag, a monk of the Dhiphu Monastery, set himself ablaze on a main road in Ngaba district at around 10 am (local time).

According to the exile base of Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala, Sangdag’s present condition is unknown.

“Soon after Sangdag carried out his fiery protest, Chinese security personnel arrived at the scene and doused the flames on his body,” Kirti Monastery said in a release today. “He was taken a hospital in Ngaba but shortly after that the Chinese police bundled him away to another place.”

The release added that details of Sangdag’s self-immolation protest and his current condition and whereabouts are not available.

The Dhiphu Gon Gelek Terzoe Ling Monastery, founded by Dhiphu Choeje, currently has around 500 monks.

Sangdag | 桑达 was the 112th(108thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.