Tibetan man burns himself to death in eastern Tibet

DHARAMSALA, April 16: A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in eastern Tibet in protest against continued Chinese rule in Tibet.

Thinley Namgyal, 32 set himself on fire and succumbed to his burns immediately around 12 pm (local time) on April 15 in Tawu County in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province in an apparent protest against repressive Chinese rule in Tibet, according to an exiled Tibetan with close contacts in the region.

Thinley Namgyal in an undated photo
Thinley Namgyal in an undated photo

Following his fiery protest, local Tibetans managed to carry his charred body to the nearby Gonthal monastery before Chinese police got wind of the incident.

The monastery later returned Thinley’s body to his family. Thinley Namgyal was a native of Gen-ne Village in Khangsar Township in Tawu County.

With Thinley’s self-immolation protest, the total number of self-immolation protests since Feb 2009 has now reached 130.



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