Father of two dies after self-immolation in Kanlho

An exile Tibetan holds a portrait of Sangay Gyatso

An exile Tibetan holds a portrait of Sangay Gyatso, 27, who died after setting himself on fire in Tibet's Amdo region, during a candlelight vigil to mourn and stand in solidarity with Gyatso, in McLeod Ganj, India, on 6 October 2012. Gyatso shouted slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 6 October 2012

A Tibetan man, father of two, died after setting himself on fire in protest against the Chinese rule in Tibet, raising the number of immolations to 54.

Sangay Gyatso, 27, shouted slogans calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama as his body was engulfed in flames.

Exile Tibetans in McLeod Ganj carried his portraits and images of his charred body as they held a candlelight vigil to mourn and stand in solidarity with Gyatso.

Gyatso was from the Tso area of Kanlho in Tibet’s Amdo region. He held his protest near the Drongkar monastery.

The monks of the monastery took possession of the body of the deceased and offered prayers.

Exiles claim that the Chinese authorities have cut all communication systems in the region to stop information from spreading.

Gyatso’s immolation is the third in the last week after Yungdung and Gudup, as self-immolations continue in Tibet.


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