Tibetan self-immolator Gonpo Tsering in an undated photo.
DHARAMSHALA, November 26: In more alarming reports coming out of Tibet, a Tibetan man - the third in a single day - set himself on fire in Luchu region of Kanlho, eastern Tibet protesting China’s rule over of Tibet.
A group of exile Tibetans from Luchu identified the Tibetan self-immolator as Gonpo Tsering, 24 years of age and father of three children, all below the age of six.
“Martyr Gonpo Tsering set himself on fire in front of the main prayer hall of the Ala Deu-go Monastery in Ala region of Luchu at around 6 pm (local time) today,” the group told Phayul citing sources in the region. “While engulfed in flames, he raised slogans calling for Tibet’s freedom, human rights in Tibet, and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile.”
Gonpo Tsering succumbed to his injuries at the site of his protest.
Local Tibetans carried his charred body inside the Monastery where monks and a large number of Tibetans from the surrounding regions assembled, against official orders, to offer prayers for the deceased and express their solidarity.
According to reports, Chinese security personnel and armed forces were immediately deployed in the region. Restrictions have been heightened as Chinese authorities are currently said to be investigating the protest.
Tibetan self-immolator Gonpo Tsering's surviving family members. His parents, wife and three children, all below the age of six.
Gonpo Tsering is survived by his wife, their three children, and his parents.
This is the second self-immolation protest in Luchu region. On November 22, Tamding Kyab
, 23, a nomad and former monk, passed away in his self-immolation protest. He was cremated in the morning of November 25.
Gonpo Tsering is the third Tibetan to self-immolate today. Earlier, a young Tibetan, Wangyal
set himself on fire in the middle of Sertha town raising slogans for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Wangyal’s condition and whereabouts are not yet known after Chinese security forces took possession of his charred body.
In Amchok region of Labrang, Kunchok Tsering
, 18, passed away after he set himself ablaze near a mining site in the region.
The deepening crisis inside Tibet has witnessed large scale anti-China protests and a series of self-immolations that has now seen 85 Tibetans set themselves on fire, since 2009, demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama from exile.
November alone has reported 23 self-immolations and protests by thousands of Tibetans, including by school students in Chabcha today
and in Rebkong earlier this month.
Chinese officials have reacted to the self-immolation protests with further restrictions and threats. According to the Dharamshala based rights group Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Chinese government officials in eastern Tibet have obtained signed statements from village officials and leaders to prevent any self-immolation under their jurisdiction.
“From now onwards, each household will be made to sign a statement not to do any self-immolation. Those who refuse to sign such statements will attract immediate detention,” TCHRD said in a release today.