DHARAMSHALA: Lobsang Lozin, the 18-year-old monk who died of self-immolation in Ngaba on 17 July, was laid to rest on that day.
A report coming out of Tibet say Lobsang’s body was offered to fishes by consigning it to waters near Gyalrong Tsodun Kirti Monastery.
Local Tibetans were able to block a large armed police force from laying siege to the monastery. The police are standing guard on the other side of the river, the report say.
Local Tibetans took part in day-long prayer services for the departed soul at the monastery yesterday. Shops and restaurants remained closed as a mark of respect and grief.
Since 2009, Lobsang Lozin and 43 other Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese rule in Tibet. The self-immolators have called for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
“…They [self-immolation of Tibetans] serve as a clear indictment of the Chinese government’s failed policies for Tibet: policies founded on political oppression, social marginalization, cultural assimilation and environmental destruction. These are the root causes of the demonstrations and the deaths. Were the Chinese government to offer to resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully through dialogue, the self-immolations would end immediately,” Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay wrote in the Washington Post. [Read full article]