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Monk self-immolates on Uprising Day PDF Print E-mail
[13 March 2012] A teenage monk died after setting fire to himself in Ngaba, eastern Tibet on 10 March, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising. Gyepe, an 18 year-old monk from Kirti Monastery, self-immolated next to a Chinese military office and died at the scene.

EnoughImmediately following the incident, which took place at about 5pm local time, Chinese soldiers took possession of the body. Despite repeated requests from Gyepe's family they refused to hand over the body. Instead of traditional rituals officials only allowed a cremation service, which was attended by five monks and was strictly guarded by Chinese soldiers. One report indicated the family was not allowed to attend.

Gyepe is the 26th Tibetan to have self-immolated in the past 12 months and the 14th in 2012. Twenty of the 26 Tibetans to have set fire to themselves are known to have died. The other six are either in hospital or their condition reamins unknown. All have undertaken the act in protest against China's ongoing brutal oppression of the Tibetan people.

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Tibetan teenager self-immolates before anniversary

Dorjee, 18, self-immolated in Cha, Ngaba county, on 5 March at around 6.30pm local time. He died at the scene. His body was removed by Chinese security, the whereabouts of which remains unknown.

During his protest Dorjee walked towards the local government buildings in Cha shouting slogans opposing Chinese policies. International Campaign for Tibet quoted a source as saying, Many people in the streets were reciting mantras and praying to His Holiness the Dalai Lama with tears and grief in their eyes.

Dorjee was the third Tibetan to self-immolate in three days, and the 26th to do so since 2009. His protest came just before the anniversary of the 2008 Lhasa uprising on 10 March. Leading up to the anniversary security in the region has been heightened, monasteries are under increased surveillance and communication channels have been blocked.

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