By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 19 March 2017
A Tibetan youth in Kham in eastern Tibet has set himself on fire in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.
Pema Gyaltsen, 24, set himself on fire on Saturday near Tsoga monastery in Nyarong, in the Kham region of Tibet.
The Chinese police reportedly took away Pema’s charred body. No other information is available at this time.
Exile Tibetans in McLeod Ganj marched and held a candlelight vigil to express their solidarity with the youth, who they say sacrificed his life for the Tibetan cause.
“The series of self-immolation by Tibetans in Tibet is a clear indication of deteriorating situation in Tibet, and resistance by Tibetans for freedom from Chinese oppressive rule,” said Tenzin Tselha, National Director of the Students for a Free Tibet-India.
“We condemn the Chinese military crackdown and violation of basic human rights of Tibetan people.”
It is the 146th known self-immolation by Tibetans in Tibet since 2009. The immolators call for a free Tibet, and for China to allow the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.