གཟའ་ཕུར་བུ། ༢༠༢༣/༠༢/༠༢

Father of Three Dies After Self-Immolation

Exiled Tibetans light candles in front of portraits of 21-year-old monk Phuntsog, during a candlelit vigil to honor the monk who set himself on fire in an anti-government protest, in Dharmsala, India, March 17, 2011
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Gonpo Tsering, 24, died after burning himself in front of Ala Deu-go monastery grounds today around 6pm in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) prefecture. He became the fourth Tibetan to self-immolate since yesterday. Gompo reportedly shouted slogans calling for freedom for Tibet, human rights in Tibet and return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

Exile sources with contacts in the region say many local Tibetans gathered to pray for Gonpo and to show their solidarity. Chinese security personnel deployed in the region are known to have heightened restrictions in and around the area.

Gonpo is survived by his three children and wife Namgyal Dolma, 26.

More than 85 Tibetans have burned themselves in China protest and 23 Tibetans have self-immolated in November alone.

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday in an interview with Indian national television channel Doordarshan said he is saddened by the increainsg number of self-immolation news from Tibet.

He said, “What’s happening is very sad; it brings tears to my eyes…People are not doing this because they are drunk or have family problems, but because they live in constant fear."