On Sunday, 19-year-old Tibetan nun Tenzin Choezin set herself ablaze in Aba, Sichuan Province, and passed away. Yesterday, another 19-year-old Tibetan monk by the name of Lobsang Gyatso from the same region did the same thing. This brings to 24 the total number of self-immolations since the Tibet riots of 2009. But really, is anyone counting anymore?
Radio Free Asia on yesterday’s incident:
Lobsang Gyatso, a monk from the restive Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Aba, in Chinese) prefecture, set fire to himself in Ngaba town in the afternoon and was beaten and taken away by Chinese security forces, according to sources.
“While burning, he walked along the road to the county office and shouted slogans,” India-based exile monks Kanyag Tsering and Lobsang Yeshe said in a statement sent to to RFA.
“At that time, armed security officers and special forces arrived and extinguished the flames, beating him as he burned,” they said.
Two other young Tibetans and a monk standing nearby were also assaulted by police, they said, adding that one of the two young men was able to escape with the help of a crowd that had gathered.
The other, who was taken away, was seen to be bleeding badly from injuries to his head and arm, they said.