Tibet Sun Online News
ON THE WEB, 23 July 2017
Tenzin Choeying, 19-year-old student from Central University of Tibetan Studies, who set himself on fire last week to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, has died in a hospital in Delhi on Saturday.
Choeying’s body will be cremated in McLeod Ganj on Wednesday. Tibetan Youth Congress is organising the cremation at the request of his family.
“TYC plan to transport the body to Dharamshala tomorrow, the 24th, and reach there by 25th morning. The cremation will take place on the 26th morning, as advised by Tibetan astrological calculations,” TYC spokesperson Tsewang Dolma told Tibet Sun.
President of the Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay has said: “His sacrifice for the cause of Tibet is to be honoured. We echo and support his aspirations. But please remember the life of every Tibetan is precious and we must be alive to fight for our cause.”
President of the Tibetan Youth Congress Tenzing Jigme wrote on this Facebook page: “Absolutely heartbroken to hear the news that Pawo Tenzin Choeying passed away at 4:50pm in Safdarjung Hospital. I send my deepest prayers and condolences to his family. He was a brave man who always put Tibet first. I admire the courage and dedication he had for his country and his people.”
Choeying was a third-year student of Sanskrit and an active member of the Tibetan Youth Congress.
He set himself on fire after pouring kerosene oil on himself at his hostel on the campus of Central University in Sarnath near Varanasi, on 14 July.
Video captured on a CCTV and posted on the Internet showed Choeying running through a hallway engulfed in flames. Reports said that some students extinguished the fire by putting a blanket on him, and rushed him to a hospital.
Reports said he raised slogans of Tibetan freedom.
He was airlifted to Delhi after his condition worsened with 90 per cent burns. He died in Safdarjung Hospital on Saturday amidst family members and supporters.
Another sad news for Tibetans and one more added in the list of those who have chosen this extreme form of anti-Chinese protest this year. This sort of desperate attempts are likely to continue in the foreseeable future unless we educate our youths properly and show them other better options.
To be honest, it is for everybody to see that the lost of 150 lives in the past couple of years have not receive much support and sympathy from international community. For us, it is a great loss of precious manpower in our struggle against illegal colonization of Tibet by China.
Tibetan youths should live to fight for Free Tibet for another generations and be fully prepared to overcome any challenges. Please stop this self immolation at any cost as it will not bring any desire result. The world is corrupt and nobody seems to care about it.
My heartfelt condolence goes to the bereaved family who has to bear this unbearable pain.
We could not give them happiness in this world. We solemnly pray for their rebirth in Dewachen. I face West and entreat our lord Amitabha to take them under his care and grant them blissful life to eternity.