By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, April 1: A Tibetan man has reportedly self-immolated in front of a police station in the traditional Kham region in Kyegudo on Wednesday according to Tibet.net, a site run by the exile Tibetan government. The self-immolation took place around 4 pm on March 30 near a Buddhist monastery in Yushul Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, according to the CTA-run website.
Radio Free Asia report suggested that the concerned man may be called Tsering Samdup or Tsering, according to an anonymous source from exile. “The Tibetan who self-immolated is a very well-educated person. He was immediately taken away by the Chinese police and no one is allowed to meet or inquire about the self-immolator,” the source further divulged, adding that there are no particular restrictions in Kyegudo by the Chinese authorities for the time being.
However, the CTA report only confirmed the time and place of the incident and said no verifiable information is currently available on the name and background of the self-immolator. Following the news of self-immolation that surfaced on Wednesday, as many as 159 Tibetans since 2009 have now resorted to setting themselves on fire, as a radical form of protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
So far this year, two self-immolations have been reported; earlier, a popular singer Tsewang Norbu, 25, had self-immolated in front of the Potala Palace in Tibet’s capital Lhasa last month on February 25. The information blockade in Tibetan areas have been intensified in the past few years, which makes it increasingly difficult for the news of any sort to come out of Tibet.