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Layman self-immolates; leaves note calling for unity PDF Print E-mail
[5 October 2012] A Tibetan layman died after self-immolating on 4 October in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Prior to his protest, 43 year-old Gudrub left a statement urging "unity and solidarity" amongst Tibetans. During his protest he called for "freedom for Tibet" and the return of the Dalai Lama. Gudrub is the 40th Tibetan to self-immolate in 2012 and the 53rd since 2009.

GudrubThe latest self-immolation protest took place at approximately 10am local time in a marketplace in Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) town, located 300km north-east of Lhasa in the traditional province of Kham (now incorporated into China's Tibet Autonomous Region).

According to eyewitnesses quoted by Tibet Express, Gudrub (pictured right) shouted slogans during his protest which included, Wherever we go, we have no freedom, Freedom for Tibet and Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama return to Tibet. Sources said he died shortly after he was taken away by Chinese police.

Gudrub left a statement, entitled Brotherly Love on qq.com, a Chinese online network. The statement called on Tibetans to work together in the struggle for freedom. According to Radio Free Asia, part of the article translates as:

If we reflect on the past, we can see nothing but signs of defeat, anger, anguish, and tears. I pray that you all have good health and success in the coming new year of the Water Dragon. At the same time, I appeal to you to foster unity and solidarity, and to not lose courage in spite of the defeat and loss that we face.

Gudrub was from Kali village in the Shagchu subdistrict of Driru county. He studied in exile at the Tibetan Transit (Sogar) School in Dharamsala, India,  returning to Tibet in 2005. He was a writer with a particular interest in Tibetan history.

Gudrub's self-immolation is the fifth to take place in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The first took place on 1 December 2011 by Tenzin Phuntsok in Khamar township, Chamdo. Dorjee Tseten and Dhargye self-immolated together on 27 May 2012 outside the Jokhang temple in Lhasa. On 7 July 2012, Tsewang Dorjee set fire to himself in Damshung, Lhasa prefecture.

Further reading: RFA I Tibet Express I Phayul

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