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2 Tibetan monks immolate self in Tibet

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, April 25, 2013
First Published: 18:04 IST(25/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:05 IST(25/4/2013)

Two young Tibetan monks of Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Zoege, eastern Tibet, immolated themselves in Tibet on Wednesday.


The Kirti Monastery in a press release issued here said the two monks set themselves on fire protesting against China's continued occupation of Tibet. Both of them died at the site of protest. The deceased have been identified as Lobsang Dawa, 20, and Kunchok Woeser, 22.

“The two monks set themselves on fire near the main prayer hall of the monastery,” the release said, adding that the bodies of the two monks were later taken to their respective monastic quarters, where fellow monks carried out prayers.

“The local Chinese authorities have issued orders for the cremation of the two monks by early Friday morning,” it added.

Meanwhile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) organised a prayer service at the Tsuglakhang temple to express solidarity with the Tibetans who have self-immolated and those suffering severe repression in Tibet.

Addressing the prayer service, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay expressed hopes that EU High Representative Catherine Ashton would take up the issue of Tibet when she visits China from April 25 to 28.

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