Two Tibetan monks, woman die in self-immolations

Beijing, Apr 26 (TruthDive): Two Tibetan Buddhist monks and a young woman died on Wednesday in the latest self-immolation protests against Chinese rule.

Two monks, Lobsang Dawa, 20, and Konchog Woeser, 23, set themselves on fire early Wednesday evening in Ruo’ergai county or Dzoege in Tibetan at the Tagtsang Lhamo Kirti monastery, in Sichuan province, while a third woman, 23, died in nearby Rangtang, London-based Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia said.

Tagtsang Lhamo Kirti monastery has been a focal point of protests in recent months. The other monks at the monastery held prayers for the two who died before their bodies were to be cremated yesterday.

Two monks died in the same monastery recently. Last year in December, Kunchok Phlegay set himself on fire and Lobsang Thogme in March this year in the monastery. In March another woman identified as Kalkyi, a 30-year-old mother of four, set herself alight near monastery in the same Aba prefecture in eastern Tibet.

The woman self-immolated in a separate protest on Tuesday afternoon in Sichuan’s Rangtang, or Dzamthang county, the broadcaster stated. A twitter account revealed that the woman was a 23-year-old herder. Bit, the Radio did not reveal the identity of the woman.

Since 2009, more than 110 Tibetans have set themselves alight with most dying of their injuries, in demonstrations against what they say as Chinese oppression.

Beijing condemns the self-immolation acts and blames them on the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, saying he uses them to further a separatist agenda. But, Dalai Lama strongly rejects the blame.

Foreign media are barred from the region; so, follow-up of the self-immolation cases is entirely difficult. Chinese state media have confirmed some but not all.

Free Tibet director Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren said that all the Tibetans who choose to self-immolation do so because they feel they have no other way to make China and the world listen to their country’s call for freedom.

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