Resistance in Tibet: Self-immolation and Protest

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29 September Yungdrung self-immolates in Dzatoe, Amdo Yungdrung, 27-years old, called for independence of Tibet and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa from exile as he set light to himself in a public protest in Dzatoe, Amdo. Yungdrung was quickly removed from the scene and his current whereabouts and status is unknown. He was taken to a hospital by the authorities and family were later informed that he had died while in transport to another hospital. New, harsh restrictions on the movements of Tibetan residents in Dzatoe were implemented by Chinese authorities following the protest and it is reported that the town had been “filled with Chinese security personnel”.


13 September Passang Lhamo self-immolates in Beijing Reports, emerging four months after the protest, state Passang Lhamo, 63, set herself on fire in Beijing in protest against illegal land grabbing by Chinese authorities in Jyekundo, Kham following the devastating 2010 earthquake. The Central Tibetan Administration report that Passang Lhamo staged her protest after local authorities refused to allow her to retain her ancestral home following the major rebuilding process, and further “repeated appeals to the central authorities in Beijing failed to yield any concrete results.” It is understood she was taken to hospital where she was treated for severe burns. Her current status and whereabouts are unknown.


27 August Two teenagers, Lobsang Kalsang and Damchoe, self-immolate in Ngaba Lobsang Kalsang, 18, a monk at Kirti monastery and Damchoe, 17, a former monk from Kirti self-immolated on 27 August 2012 outside the monastery in Ngaba Town. According to eye witnesses, they took about 20 steps near the east gate of the monastery, shouting slogans and then fell. Chinese security personnel put out the flames and took them to local hospital initially and later to Barkham hospital where they both died. Lobsang Kalsang’s room-mate at Kirti monastery was detained that same afternoon. Damchoe was the brother of nun Tenzin Choedron who selfimmolated and died in February 2012.