Dharamshala: - Sources coming out of Tibet says a Tibetan youth died after setting himself alight in Tsoe County, an area in North-Eastern Tibet, in an apparent protest against the Chinese government rule and repressive policies in the region.
The man, identified as Lhamo Tashi, a 22-year-old student self-immolated in an apparent protest against the Chinese government's continuing repressive policies in the three traditional provinces of Tibet. Tashi set himself ablaze around 12am = midnight, 17 September, 2014 (local time) in front of a police station in Tsoe City in Tsoe County (Chinese: Hezuo county, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures, southwest of Gansu Province).
The sources have also told The Tibet Post that soon after the incident, the student's remains was taken by Chinese police that he reportedly died on the spot after raising slogans in protest against Chinese rule of Tibet. The next day, the police however returned some of his remains to his parents.
Full details of the incident have yet to emerge, but, according to the same sources, many beleive that Tashi set himself on fire in protest Chinse president Xi Jinping’s state visit to India. Information on the latest incident virally spread across social networking sites like Facebook and wechat.
This incident brought the total verified number of self-immolations in Tibet to 131 since February, 2009 and and of them 113 were reportedly passed-away due to their severe injuries.
A 32-year-old man Trinley Namgyal, self-immolated in an apparent protest against the Chinese government's continuing repressive policies in Tibet. Namgyal set himself ablaze on 15 April this year, near the Chinese government building in Khangsar township in Tawu county in Kham region of eastern Tibet to protest against Chinese oppression.
The Tibetan self-immolators have demanded for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for the Tibetan people.
The wave of self-immolation protests that continued in the occupied Himalayan region over the recent years, many areas in Tibet have suffered severe crackdowns and been under heightened restrictions and controls.
The Chinese government has blamed the self-immolation protests on hostile foreign forces that want to separate Tibet from China. Many Tibetans allegedly associated or linked with the self-immolators have been detained. Some have been sentenced to long prison terms or death.
The Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala, India, has made several appeals urging Tibetans inside Tibet to refrain from taking drastic actions such as self-immolations.
Chinese government says the Himalayan region has always been part of its territory, but Tibetans say Tibet was virtually independent for centuries until Chinese troops invaded in the 1950s.