Tibetan man dies after self-immolation in eastern Tibet

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, March 7: A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire earlier today in Ngaba County in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo in an apparent protest against China’s repressive rule in Tibet.

The Tibetan man, who was identified as Tsego, self-immolated today in Meruma Township in Ngaba region and succumbed to his burns, according to Mewo Kungyam, a Tibetan in exile.

Tsego is believed to be in his 40s and he is survived by his mother, wife and two daughters.

Over 150 Tibetans have self-immolated in China occupied Tibet since Feb 2009 and Tsego is the first Tibetan to have self-immolated in 2018 protesting against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Though the Central Tibetan Administration headquartered in Dharamsala has repeatedly urged Tibetans not to resort to drastic measures such as self-immolation, the saga of fiery protests by the Tibetans continues.

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