གཟའ་ཉི་མ། ༢༠༢༤/༠༥/༡༩

Two Tibetan Self-Immolaters Left Letters Behind

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Two Tibetans who recently burned themselves in Rebkong in China protest have reportedly left letters behind.

According to sources with contacts in Rebkong, 26 years old Chagmo Kyi, had left letters written in Chinese and in Tibetan before her self-immolation at the Dolma grounds on Saturday. In her letters, Chagmo Kyi expressed her wish for equality of all nationalities and called on the new Chinese leader Xi Jinping to meet with the Dalai Lama. She had written the word peace on the letter sheet.

Nyingkar Tashi, 24, who died after setting himself ablaze on November 12 in Rebkong had also left a letter behind detailing his reasons for self-immolation. In his letter, Tashi urged unification of all Tibetans and urged Tibetans to learn and speak Tibetan, and called for freedom for Tibet.

“I am setting fire to myself to protest against the Chinese government….His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama and six million people need freedom. Tibet needs independence,” said the letter.

Over 78 Tibetans have burned themselves since February 2009 across different regions in Tibet with 64 cases known to have resulted in death.