Tibetan dies after self-immolation protest in Nagchu

Gudup set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet

Gudup, seen here in an undated file photo, set himself on fire to protest the Chinese rule in Tibet, on 4 October 2012. Facebook

By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 5 October 2012

A Tibetan writer has died on Thursday after he set himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, according to exile Tibetan sources who have contacts in Tibet.

Gudup, 43, self-immolated in Diru, Nagchu, in eastern Tibet. Chinese police carried away Gudup’s charred body from the spot. He is believed to have died in Chinese custody.

He shouted slogans calling for “free Tibet” and “let the Dalai Lama get back in Tibet” as his body was consumed by fire.

Gudup wrote under the pen name “Youth of Snow land”, and left a note on his QQ account before the fiery protest calling for “unity among all Tibetans and to never give up in the Tibetan freedom struggle.”

Sources say Gudup came to India in 2005 and studied at the Tibetan Transit School for newly-arrived refugees in Dharamshala. Upon his return to Tibet in 2006, Gudup was arrested, and later released in 2008.

With Gudup’s self-immolation, the number of fire protests reached 53 since it first began with Tapey’s immolation in February 2009. More than 40 of these are believed to have died.

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