One more immolates self in Tibet, toll rises to 91
The wave of fiery protests inside Tibet continues unabated with the report of another self-immolation protest in Bora region of Sangchu region in eastern Tibet on Monday, taking the toll to 91.
According to Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), a young Tibetan, Sungdue Kyab, set
himself on fire protesting against China’s repressive policies in Bora town of Sangchu, Labrang Tashikhyil region of eastern Tibet, on Sunday.
“Sungdue Kyab, father of one, immolated self on the main road near Bora monastery protesting against the Chinese government,” said a CTA official, adding that soon after he set himself on fire, Chinese security personnel arrived at the site of his protest.
“Chinese security personnel doused the flames and bundled him away. According to eyewitnesses, Kyab was alive when Chinese security personnel took him away, reportedly to a hospital in Tsoe,” said the official.
The official told that following the self-immolation protest, monks from the Bora Monastery and local Tibetans reportedly began to make preparations to go to Tsoe but were denied permission by the Chinese authorities.
“Family and friends were barred from visiting him at the hospital. His well-being is currently unknown,” said the official, adding that the situation in Bora is very tense and communication lines have been heavily hampered.
Since March 2009, 91 Tibetans have set themselves on fire calling for the return of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans, of which 28 self-immolations have taken place in November alone.