Tibet Sun Newsroom
McLEOD GANJ, India, 28 November 2019
A 24 year-old Tibetan man named Yonten has died after setting himself on fire in a protest against Chinese rule in Tibet, in the Amdo region of Tibet.
Free Tibet, a pro-Tibet organisation based in London, reported that Yonten’s fiery protest occurred in the nomad township of Meruma under Ngawa county on 26 November.
He died of his injuries on the same day. It is unclear what has become of his body.
Yonten was a former monk in Kirti Monastery in Ngawa, but later disrobed and took up the life of a nomad.
Of more than 150 self-immolation protests in whole of Tibet since 2009, a record 42 of them have occurred in Ngawa. The protestors all called for China to allow the Dalai Lama back to Tibet, and for freedom in Tibet. Some demanded that Tibet become independent from China.
The first known self-immolation was by a monk named Tapey from Kirti Monastery in 2009.
China further clamped down in the area due to the high number of fiery protests, as well as demonstrations and solo protests, despite high levels of security.
Free Tibet’s Campaigns and Communications Manager, John Jones, in a statement said: “Yonten lived his life under occupation. In his 24 years, he would have seen Chinese police and military suppress protests in his homeland, seen his culture, language, and religion come under attack, seen people he knew arrested and made to disappear. Tibetans today grow up in a world of injustice.
“Other governments, China’s allies and trade partners, should not need drastic acts like Yonten’s death to remind them how brutal the occupation is. They must speak out and push China to allow the Tibetan people to live in freedom.”