DHARAMSHALA, October 9: The situation in Tsoe region of Kanlho, eastern Tibet is being described as tense following the self-immolation protest of Sangay Gyatso on October 6.
Exile sources with contacts in the region have told Phayul that the entire region is under strict surveillance with severe restrictions on the movement of local Tibetans.
Sangay Gyatso, 27, father of two, set himself on fire near the Dokar Monastery, shouting slogans for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet. He passed away at the site of his protest following which monks and local Tibetans carried his charred body inside the Monastery premises.
Choe Gyatso, a Tibetan monk in south India with close contacts in the region, told Phayul that Chinese armed forces have been deployed in large numbers around the Monastery and restrictions have been placed on the movement of Tibetans.
“The Chinese security officials also attempted to arrest the Dokar Monastery monks responsible for taking care of Sangay Gyatso’s body and taking pictures of his charred body,” Choe said. “The deceased’s family members have also been questioned by the Chinese officials.”
Sangay Gyatso’s body is believed to be in the possession of his family and special prayers have been performed at the Monastery.
According to the same source, Tibetans from nearby villages have also gathered to offer their prayers and final respects.
Sangay Gyatso is survived by his wife Dorjee Kyi and two children - a son, Dorjee Dhundup, 7 and a daughter, Tenzin Tso, 5.
During the massive uprisings of 2008 that engulfed the entire Tibetan plateau, around 70 Tibetans were arrested from the Tsoe region for carrying out peaceful.
Since then, Chinese officials have kept a close watch over the region, enforcing monks and local Tibetans to undergo “patriotic re-education” classes.
The Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration in a release today said it was “extremely concerned” over the increasing self-immolations by Tibetans in Tibet and “strongly urged” the Chinese government to address the underlying causes which are pushing Tibetans to set themselves on fire.
Since 2009, 54 Tibetans have set themselves on fire demanding thereturn of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and freedom in Tibet.
“It is high time for the international community, especially the United Nations, to take tangible actions to press the Chinese leadership to find a lasting solution to the crisis in Tibet. We also reiterate our appeal to Tibetans inside Tibet not to resort to drastic actions,” said Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, Department of Information and International Relations, CTA said.