DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan Parliament in Exile today expressed its deep concern and grief over the latest self-immolation protest by Tenzin Gyatso, who died after burning himself on 20 May around 8:00 p.m in Khangsar township of Tawu (Ch: Daofu) County, Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province).
Tenzin Gyatso, 35, is survived by wife Sonam Dolma and four children; Topden, Thupten, Tsering Tsomo and Tsewang Gyatso.
Since monk Tapey’s self-immolation in 2009, at least 139 Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation to express their grievances under the repressive policies of the Chinese government. Tenzin Gyatso is the 4th Tibetan to set himself ablaze in protest this year.
Gyatso’s self-immolation is believed to be an expression of protest against a massive deployment of security forces in Tawu County, where Tibetans have been planning to celebrate the upcoming 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Following the self-immolation protest, additional numbers of security personnel were deployed in Khangsar, and restrictions on movement and communications have been imposed in the area.
The Tibetan Parliament condemns the repressive policies practiced by the Chinese government in Tibet and urges the Chinese leadership to investigate the real causes of Tibetan grievances. It further blames the Chinese government for the critical situation prevailing inside Tibet and explained that it’s the responsibility of the Chinese leadership to resolve the situation.