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tibet-vigil-2012Dharamshala: - Jangyang Jinpa, a student at Sarah College near Dharamshala, northern India has reported that on November 27 at around 11pm, Sangye Tashi, an 18-year-old man from Ngura village, Sangkhok township, Sanchu county, in the Ladrang area of the Amdho region of north-eastern Tibet, self-immolated and died soon thereafter.

Earlier in the day, Sangye and several friends had driven motorbikes to Sangok and, just before self-immolating, Sangye phoned his cousin, Tsebhe, explaining his plans to self-immolate in the name of the Tibetan cause.

Tsebhe reportedly urged Sangye not to set himself on fire, but Sangye turned off his phone and, despite numerous attempts, Tshebe was unable to contact his cousin again.

Sangye's family then went to Sangok, but Sangye had already self-immolated by the time they arrived. Observers reported that, after setting himself on fire, he shouted for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet and for China to release all Tibetan political prisoners, in particular the Panchen Lama. Sangye's body was taken to one of his family's homes in Sangok.

Sangye Tashi's father, Nam Kho, has four other children. Sangye studied for four years at the primary school in Sangok township. He then returned home to become a yak herder.

A few weeks earlier, on October 26, 23-year-oldThupwang Kyab self-immolated near a local bus stand in nearby Sertri village.

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