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CTA Mourns Self-Immolation in Rebgong, Urges Chinese authorities to remove security forces from local areas

May 26, 2012

Press Release

14  March 2012

DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration is seriously
concerned by the latest developments in Tibet involving a Tibetan
monk of Rongwo monastery in Rebgong in northeastern Tibet who set
himself on fire today. A huge number of Chinese security forces now
lay siege to the monastery.

Reports coming out of Tibet say Jamyang Palden, aged 34, set
himself on fire for the right of Tibet in the main park of Rongwo
monastery on 14 March.

Local Tibetans circumambulating the monastery tried to put out the
flame. The authorities and army personnel from Thunring district
then took him to a hospital. Later, a large number of Tibetans
gathered in front of the hospital to demand him into their custody.
As a result, he was handed over to the local Tibetans, who then
took him to the monastery. Tibetans who saw him at that time say
they could not bear to see the level of burn on his body. He is now
in a serious condition and it is extremely difficult to say whether
he would survive.

Subsequently, a huge number of Tibetans including the monks of
Rongwo monastery, gathered in front of the monastery to pray for
the recovery of the monk. The local Tibetans shouted slogans
calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. The
monastery is now under the occupation of armed security forces.

As a mark of solidarity with the monk, students of Gedun Choephel
middle school, Rebgong nationality school and Yiphu middle school
took to the streets after they heard about the self-immolation
incident. The students later held demonstrations inside their
school after they were outnumbered by police and security forces.
Similar peaceful protests by students were also reported in the
nearby areas of Rebgong district.

The Central Tibetan Administration urgently calls on the Chinese
authorities to facilitate immediate medical treatment to the
injured monk.

We also urge the Chinese government to immediately remove the
security forces from Rongwo monastery and other areas in Rebgong to
avert further unfortunate incidents.

Media contacts:

Tashi, Secretary for Information
            +91 9816843798      

Lobsang Choedak, Press Officer

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