Three teenage monks self-immolate in call for freedom for Tibet
November 8, 2012
In a desperate plea for freedom from the rule of China, three teenage Tibetan monks set themselves on fire today, pleading for the return of the Dalai Lama.
In the first documented case of a triple self-immolation,the trios, aged 15 and 16, set fire to themselves today,as the called for the freedom for Tibet.
A total of four Tibetans have set themselves on fire, the largest number of confirmed self-immolations in any one day.
The triple self-immolation took place at approximately 3pm local time today outside the gates of the local Public Security Bureau office in Gomang Township, Ngaba County, Eastern Tibet, which the Chinese refer to as being in the Sichuan province.
The boys called out for freedom in Tibet and for the return of the Dalai Lama as they set themselves on fire. Security forces arrived at the scene almost immediately.
The youngest monk, 15-year-old Dorjee, died at the scene.
His companions, 16-year-olds Samdup and Dorjee Kyab, were taken to hospital by security forces.
Their current whereabouts and wellbeing are unknown.
The other person to set themselves ablaze was a 23-year-old Tibetan nomadic woman.
Tamdin Tso (pictured) took petrol from a motorbike and set fire to herself in the family’s winter pasture. Tamdin Tso, who had a five year-old so, died at the scene after setting herself alight, near Rongwo in Rebkong County, Eastern Tibet.
Her body was taken back to her family’s home and local people gathered there to pray.
Free Tibet Director Stephanie Brigden said: ‘These are the youngest Tibetans to set fire to themselves in protest at China’ s occupation.
'This is also the largest single incident, yet another indication of the escalation of protests in Tibet.
'In just one day, on the eve of the Communist Party Congress, four Tibetans have set fire to themselves.
'These protests are aimed at sending the next generation of China’s unelected regime a clear signal that Tibetans will continue to fight for their freedom despite China’s efforts to suppress and intimidate them.
'As the numbers of Tibetans willing to set themselves on fire grows, and protesters grow younger, the international community’s failure to hold China accountable becomes more outrageous.”
The boys were all from the same area, and belonged to Ngoshul Monastery, which houses around 130 monks, which is just outside Gomang Town, approximately 10km from Ngaba town where many people have self-immolated in the last 18 months.
Security forces have been deployed to Gomang and to Ngoshul Monastery.
Already heavy restrictions in the Ngaba County have been intensified.
People are unable to leave or enter Ngaba town. These restrictions make it extremely difficult to obtain more detailed information about the situation.