A Tibetan monk in his ‘30s reportedly self-immolated himself in a town called Rongwo in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) on Wednesday morning.
According to Free Tibet statement, a London-based organisation, Jamyang Palden, set himself on fire near Rongwo Monastery, the largest monastery in the county, and is believed to have survived.
The statement added that the incident sparked a protest in the town. Around 500 monks gathered in the square. Locals and people from nearby villages joined them, chanting and praying, all the while monitored by the military. “A number of people held up a picture of the Dalai Lama, whose image is banned in Tibet. The monks have returned to the monastery to offer prayers. Monks from other monasteries are travelling to the town as a mark of solidarity,” the statement said.
More than two dozen Tibetan monks and civilians have self-immolated in the past one year demanding more freedom and triggering the government to tighten security in provinces where ethnic Tibetans live.
Till late evening, the Chinese government didn’t deny or confirm Wednesday’s incident.