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Two more set them ablaze in Tibet, toll reaches 87

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, November 28, 2012
First Published: 19:28 IST(28/11/2012) | Last Updated: 19:29 IST(28/11/2012)

With no letup in the spate of self-immolation protests in Tibet, two more Tibetans have reportedly died in fiery protests against China.

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Citing the sources in Tibet, a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) official said that a Tibetan nomad, Kalsang Kyab, 24, died after setting fire to himself in north-eastern Tibet on Tuesday, while an 18-year-old Tibetan teenager, Sangay Tashi, immolated himself in Sangkhog, Labrang, in north-eastern Tibet. With two self-immolations in a day, the toll has reached to 87 since 2009.

"Kayab poured petrol on himself and walked towards the Kyangtsa town office, shouting slogans calling for the long life of the Dalai Lama and Kirti Rinpoche. He set fire to himself when he reached the entrance of the town office," told the official, adding that local Tibetans carried his body to his home where monks of Drenpa and Gyalgey monasteries offered prayers.

"In the second fiery protest, 18-year-old Tibetan teenager Sangay Tashi died. While engulfed in flames, Tashi was shouting slogans calling for the return of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Tibet and the release of the 11th Panchen Lama," said the official, quoting eyewitnesses. Sangay Tashi is survived by his father and four brothers.

The official told that with tragic self-immolations by Tibetans remaining unabated, over 60 Tibetans living in different parts of Tibet were on hunger strike to show solidarity with all their brethren who self-immolated for the cause of Tibet, and those who were facing unbearable suffering under the Chinese repression.

The hunger strike began on Monday evening from Tibet's capital Lhasa to Drakgo, Jomda, Dzachukha, Tridu, Serthar, Siling, Karze and Chengdu in China's Sichuan Province.

Meanwhile, the exiled community held a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with the self- immolators at McLeodganj on Wednesday.

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