By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 7 November 2012
Gruesome news coming out of Tibet says that five Tibetans have self-immolated in northeastern Tibet in protest against Chinese rule, on the eve of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Three monks from Ngaba, a woman from Rebkong, and a man from Diru are reported to have self-immolated on Wednesday, calling for greater freedom in Tibet and for allowing the exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.
Three monks of Ngoshul monastery in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) — Dorje, 15, and Samdup and Dorje Kyab, both 16 — set themselves on fire near the Public Security Bureau at 3:00pm Tibet time, according to exile Tibetans who have contacts in Ngaba.
Fifteen-year-old Dorje died at the scene even though PSB personnel arrived there immediately. Samdup and Dorje Kyab were taken to Ngaba county hospital.
Paramilitary forces were deployed and security has been intensified in the area after the fiery protest. People’s movements have been restricted as well.
The fourth self-immolation was that of Tamdin Tso, a 23-year-old mother, who set herself on fire in Rebkong in Tibet’s Amdo province. She died at the scene.
There are unconfirmed reports of a man setting himself on fire in Bankar village of Diru county in Nagchu Prefecture. If confirmed, the number of self-immolations will reach 68 since the first case of Tapey in February 2009.