February 14: A 25 year old Tibetan youth set himself on fire on Thursday in Tibet’s Ngaba region to protest China’s hard-line policies in Tibet, said Kanyag Tsering, an exiled Tibetan monk with close contacts in the region.
Lobsang Dorjee, former monk of Kirti monastery doused himself in gasoline near Kirti monastery around 6.30 PM (local time). Chinese police arrived at the site and took him away, Kanyag added citing his source.
“Chinese policemen arrived at the site, extinguished the fire on his body and took him away in a van. He held his head high with both hands folded,” said Tsering. It is not known if Lobsang, 127th Tibetan to immolate self, has succumbed to his burns.
According to Kanyag Tsering, a Tibetan monk with close contacts in the region, said despite repeated appeals by his family members Chinese authorities have denied them the right to perform last rites for Lobsang and secretly cremated him. His remains were handed over to his family.
Update: The 25-year-old former monk of Ngaba monastery, Lobsang Dorjee, who set himself on fire week in protest against China in Tibet’s Ngaba region has succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Barkham County on Sunday, Feb 16.
Lobsang Dorjee | 洛桑多杰 was the 131th(126thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.