(TibetanReview.net, Nov08, 2018) – Several online reports suggest that there has been a protest self-immolation by a Tibetan youth in Chinese ruled Tibet on Nov 4, although with little details as communication channels in the region is under tight government control even in normal times. In particular it is not clear whether the young man, who has been named as Dhorbe, survived the self-immolation.
Dhorbe was stated to have torched himself in Ngawa (Chinese: Aba) County of Sichuan Province, where much of the past some 153 fiery Tibetan protest incidents since Feb 2009 have taken place.
The reports say the man had shouted prayers of long-life for Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and for his speedy return home to Tibet.
The man is said to belong to the Jhakor village-level division of the county’s Choeje-Ma Township.
There is no further information yet, including on where exactly the incident took place, whether Dhorbe was married or what his occupation was, and what the immediate provocation for his gruesome suicide protest action was.
Before Dhorbe, Tsekho Tukchak, a father of two, had torched himself and died in Ngawa’s Meuruma nomadic township on Mar 7, just ahead of the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising day of Mar 10, 2018. He was earlier stated to have expressed serious concern about China’s continued occupation rule in Tibet and its repression of the Tibetan people and their culture.