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Jigme-Tenzin-Lobsang-Palden-Tibet-2014Dharamshala: - Reports coming out of Tibet say, the two Tibetan monks who set fire to themselves in protest against the Chinese repression recently have died.

The monk, who self-immolated at Tsekhog county in Malho County, north-eastern Tibet on 16 March, has been identified as Jigme Tenzin, a monk of Gaden Tashi Choeling monastery. Some sources say he belonged to Rongwo monastery in Rebgong. Later, it was learned that he died on March 21 in a military hospital in Barkham.

The incident was first briefly reported by the Chinese state controlled media. Following the incident, reports said that the Chinese authorities arrested many Tibetan monks and cut off phone and internet in the region.

On the same day, which marked the 6th anniversary of the massacre of his fellow monks by the Chinese security forces in 2008, Lobsang Palden, a 23-year-old monk of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba county, north-eastern Tiebt set himself on fire in protest against the Chinese government's repression.

Few minutes after the monk set himself on fire, the Chinese police bundled him away in a vehicle. Three days later, he succumbed to his injuries at a military hospital in Barkham.

The Central Tibetan Administration 26 March 2014 organised a special prayer service in Dharamshala to express solidarity with all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet and those undergoing immeasurable suffering under the Chinese government's repression in Tibet.

The number of Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest against the Chinese government's repressive rule has risen to 128, out of which 111 have died. The self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.

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