Tibetan youth self-immolates in eastern Tibet, toll reaches 147

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, March 20: A Tibetan youth has set himself on fire on Mar 18 in Nyarong county in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham.

17439704_1459313374113068_2039145646_nPema Gyaltsen (Pegyal), 24, set himself on fire near Tsokha monastery in Nyagrong in protest against China’s repressive rule in Tibet.

Pegyal’s condition and whereabouts after his self-immolation protest remain unknown as Chinese authorities whisked away his charred body.

Pegyal became the 147th known Tibetan to have self-immolated since 2009 and the first in 2017.  All the Tibetan self-immolators have called for freedom to be restored in Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet.

Three Dharamsala-based Tibetan NGOs, Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, and Student’s for a Free Tibet, collectively organized a candle light vigil in Mcleod Ganj yesterday evening to express their solidarity with the latest Tibetan self-immolator.