Reported by Rigzin Wangchuk
(TibetanReview.net, Dec 20, 2014) – An assortment of about 100 Tibetans took part in a candlelight march at Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, to mourn for and express solidarity with a Tibetan man who had died on Dec 16 after setting himself on fire in his homeland in protest against Chinese rule. The march was organized by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, the regional Tibetan Women’s Association and Students for a Free Tibet India.
Sangay Khar, a 34-year-old father of two, had immolated himself in Amchok Town of Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) County, Gansu Province.
Those who took part in the march along the local market street included people of all age groups as well as monks and nuns besides some foreigners as well.
The march began with a prayer meeting and an address by Mrs Tashi Lhamo, the president of Tibetan Women’s association (TWA). She said it was very important for the Tibetans in exile to show their patriotism and solidarity. She also spoke about the TWA’s new SEE YOU IN LHASA slogan. She urged everyone to make this their mobile ringtone and also use it whenever they bid a good bye.
Tenzin Norsang of SFT also spoke, reminding the gathering that there had since Feb 2009 been 134 protest self-immolations in Chinese ruled Tibet, with at least 114 of them resulting in deaths.