Youth reported to have protest-self-immolated in Chinese ruled Tibet

A Tibetan man named Youten sets himself on fire in a village in Meruma township, Ngaba (in Chinese, Aba) county, a Tibetan region in the western Chinese province of Sichuan, November 26, 2019. (Photo courtesy: RFA)

(, Nov28’19) – A Tibetan youth was reported to have died after he carried out a protest-self-immolation on a street near Meruma Township of Ngaba County in Sichuan Province on Oct 27 evening. The deceased has been named as Yonten, a 24-year-old former monk of the local Kirti Monastery.

A picture said to be that of the self-immolation incident shows blazing flames in the middle of a street junction.

There are no details about how the incident took place and what happened afterwards, save fo the fact that China imposed tight clampdown and no further communication from the region could be obtained as a result of it.

The deceased lived and worked with his nomadic parents, who have been named as Sodhon (father) and Tsekho Kyi (mother), in Unit No. 2 of Meruma Township.

The latest protest-self-immolation in Chinese ruled Tibet has occurred after a hiatus of more than 11 months. The last two such incidents occurred, also in Ngaba County, on Dec 8 and 9 last year.

This would bring the total number of known protest self-immolations in Chinese ruled Tibet since Feb 2009 to 157, including 44 in Ngaba alone.


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