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[17 July 2012] An 18-year old monk has died after setting himself on fire in eastern Tibet today, in another apparent protest against the oppression inflicted by the Chinese regime. Lobsang Lozin is the 31st Tibetan in Tibet to have self-immolated in 2012. Of the 44 Tibetans to have self-immolated since February 2009, 15 have been teenagers.

Lobsang Lozin
's protest took place at about 12 noon on 17 July in front of Tsodun monastery's main prayer hall. Tsodun monastery is located in Barkham (Chinese: Maerkang), Ngaba (Ch: Aba) prefecture, located in the traditional province of Amdo (now incorporated into the Chinese province of Sichuan).

Sources say that Lobsang shouted slogans during his protest, though at this time it is not known what these were. After walking a few steps towards the local Chinese government office, Lobsang collapsed. He died at the scene. Fellow monks then took his body inside the monastery for prayers and funeral rituals.

Reports indicate that Chinese security personnel attempted to enter the monastery but were stopped by local Tibetans who blocked a nearby bridge. It is feared that tensions between the security forces and local Tibetans could lead to a confrontation.

Lobsang Lozin, from nearby Sholachang village, was described as an exemplary student at Tsodun monastery. The monastery, also known as Gyalrong Tsodun Kirti monastery, is one of the largest in the region, housing over 300 monks.

Lobsang is the third monk from Tsodun monastery to have self-immolated. In March, Chimey Palden and Tenpa Darjey set fire to themselves in a joint protest outside local government offices in Barkham. Both monks were taken away by security forces but later died. The Chinese authorities refused to hand over their bodies for traditional rituals, instead cremating the bodies and returning the ashes.

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