(TibetanReview.net, May21, 2017) – A second Tibetan has carried out a protest self-immolation in Chinese rules Tibet this month, taking the total since Feb 2009 to 150, according to several online reports over May 19-20. Jamyang Losel, an about 22-year-old monk, set himself ablaze at around 5:00 AM on May 19 in Chentsa (Chinese: Jianza) County of Malho (Huangnan) Prefecture, Qinghai Province.
The monk carried out his fiery, suicide protest near the county government hospital and died on the spot, said Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy May 20.
The reports said Chinese police took away the monk’s charred remains. Family members visited the police station to claim his body for the purpose of carrying out the last rites but were turned away.
The monk was said to belong to Gerting Monastery in Kangtsa’s Nangra Town. The small monastery, located some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the county seat, was said to have just about 20 resident student-monks.
Losal was said to belong to the county’s Donggya Village. His was the fourth protest self-immolation to occur in Chinese ruled Tibet this year.
Before Losal, Chagdor Kyab, a 16-year-old school boy, had torched himself near Bora Monastery in a township by the same name in Kanlho (Gannan) Prefecture of neighbouring Gansu Province on May 2. He had shouted a similar call and slogan. Although believed to have died on the spot, his fate remains unknown.
Chinese police were reported to have taken away his parents again on May 18 after releasing them the first time they detained and interrogated them. The boy’s sister could not be taken away this time as she was suffering from mental breakdown and was bedridden following the previous detention.