Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Tue 24, Apr 2018 06:49 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Dalai Lama meets opera artists, calls them 'custodian of unique Tibetan art form'
Tibetan engineer elected President of apex professional body of Canada
Tibetan Opera festival begins in Dharamshala, 10 opera troupes to partake
UK lawmakers call for Liverpool FC to scrap deal with Chinese company
USCIRF Commissioner Dr. Tenzin Dorjee urges China to release the Panchen Lama
Two monks detained by China for sharing “illegal contents” on WeChat
Dalai Lama condoles the demise of former President Bush’s mother
Tibetan farmers' land forcefully grabbed by Chinese authorities near Lhasa
China launches website for citizens to report spies, corrupt bureaucrats
Dalai Lama meets with foreign tourists, urges oneness of humanity
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Gaggal airport, March 17, 2018. He would be attending the first Convocation of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) on Sunday.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama looks at a picture of his former home, the Potala palace, in Drepung Monastery, Dec 14, 2017, Phayul Photo/Geleck Palsang
Tibetans participate in a candle light vigil to mourn the passing away of Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo in China, TCV Day School, July 14, 2017 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Thousands protest in Rebkong, Sonam Dhargey cremated
Phayul[Saturday, March 17, 2012 20:18]
The charred body of Sonam Dhargey covered with 'khatags' offered by thousands of gathered Tibetans at the Dolma square in Rebkong, eastern Tibet on March 17, 2012.
The charred body of Sonam Dhargey covered with 'khatags' offered by thousands of gathered Tibetans at the Dolma square in Rebkong, eastern Tibet on March 17, 2012.
DHARAMSHALA, March 17: Details are finally emerging on the self-immolation protest that took place in Rebkong, eastern Tibet earlier today.

The 30th Tibetan to set his body on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet since 2009, has been identified as Sonam Dhargey, a 44-year-old farmer.

He succumbed to his burns at the site of his protest near the Rongwo town centre.

Sonam Dargye is survived by his wife Dolkar Kyi and three children (two sons and one daughter).

An exile Tibetan with contacts in the region told Phayul that Sonam Dhargey had travelled from his village and stayed overnight at a lodge in the town.

“In the morning Sonam Dhargey offered prayers before a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, took bath to cleanse his body and then drank petrol,” Lobsang Choejor said citing source in the region.

Marching in the street, engulfed in flames, eyewitnesses heard Sonam Dhargey call for the return of the Dalai Lama from exile.

Sonam Dhargey had wound his torso with barbed wires, a tactic that has been earlier used by self-immolating Tibetans to restrict Chinese security personnel from getting hold of their bodies.

Local Tibetans carried Sonam Dhargey’s body to Dolma Square, the main ground in front of the Rongwo monastery, the site of monk Lobsang Palden's self-immolation protest three days ago.

As news spread of Sonam Dhargey’s fiery death, thousands of Tibetans from all over the town as well as from nearby villages, including some 600 Tibetans from Sonam’s village poured in to show their solidarity.

London based Free Tibet in a release today quoted eyewitnesses as saying that this was the “biggest gathering of people” in Rongwo town. Other sources say up to 8000 people assembled to pay their last respects.

“Sonam’s wife and other relatives are distraught but are described as not angry that he chose to die as they believe his decision to give his life was important and noble,” Free Tibet said citing sources in the region.

Although truckloads of Paramilitary People’s Armed Police arrived at the scene but they chose to withdraw seeing the large numbers of Tibetans present.

Amidst prayers led by the monks of the Rongwo monastery, Sonam Dhargey was cremated at a crematory behind the monastery, considered sacred by the Tibetans.

According to Free Tibet, the gathered people, after the funeral, started a march from the cremation site to Rongwo town centre calling for freedom and for the long life and return of the Dalai Lama.

“Other people from the town joined them on the streets as they marched. According to an eyewitness, hundreds of local people are continuing to protest in the streets,” the release said.
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Wake up Thupten 1234 !!! (tibetusa)
What of the children (omze)
Please do not self immolate (thupten1234)
Your Comments

 Other Stories
Thousands protest in Rebkong, Sonam Dhargey cremated
CTA announces new recruitment process of civil servants
Breaking: Fire rages on in Tibet, Second self-immolation within hours
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2018 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement