DHARAMSHALA: A Tibetan monk has died after setting himself on fire to protest against the Chinese rule in Luchu county in Kanlho (incorporated into China’s Gansu Province) in eastern Tibet, taking the total self-immolations to 114.
Kunchok Tenzin, a 28-year-old monk of Mokhri monastery, set himself on fire at a cross road near the monastery Tuesday (26 March) around 7 pm (local time). He died on the spot. Local Tibetans and monks then carried his body inside the monastery. Fearing Chinese police’s attempt to seize his body, the monks carried out the cremation that night. After the incident, severe restrictions have been imposed on the monastery and the nearby villages.
Kunchok Tenzin was a native of Zamtsa Yultso village in Luchu county. He is survived by his parents Lhakho and Lhamo Tso and his six brothers. He is the sixth Tibetan to set himself on fire to protest against the Chinese rule from the Luchu region.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Central Tibetan Administration organised a prayer service to express solidarity with Tibetan self-immolators, including Kalkyi, Lhamo Kyab, Tulku Athup and his niece Atse.
Speaking at the prayer service, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay said the CTA continues to urge various parliaments of the world to pass resolutions to resolve the problem of Tibet. He said the Australian Parliament has recently passed a motion on Tibet, urging the Chinese government to address the underlying grievances of the Tibetan people and resume substantive talks with the Dalai Lama’s representatives to prevent the situation in Tibet deteriorating further. Sikyong commended the efforts made by Tibetans and support groups to lobby parliamentarians and government officials in their host countries on the crisis in Tibet.