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Brave solo protests show Tibetans’ remarkable courage and steadfast loyalty to the Dalai Lama

October 11, 2018

  • Peaceful solo protests last month by three monks in the Tibetan region of Amdo who have now disappeared are the most recent occurrences of an act of remarkable courage that has become a trend in eastern Tibet since around 2014. This trend seems linked to a wish by protestors to make a strong statement about freedom and loyalty to the Dalai Lama without undertaking the more extreme act of self-immolation.
  • Most of the solo protests documented by the International Campaign for Tibet have occurred in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba), Sichuan, since 2014—the same area where the wave of self-immolations began in 2009 when Tapey, a monk of Kirti Monastery, set himself on fire. Not only were most of the self-immolations carried out in the same county town, but also in the same road—which has come to be known as Heroes, or Martyrs, Street—by monks from the same monastery.
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Nineteen year old Kirti monk sets fire to himself in Ngaba

A 19-year old Tibetan monk who excelled in his studies set fire to himself today (February 13) in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba). The self-immolation occurred on the eve of China’s presumed next leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, DC, to meet President Obama. It is the 21st confirmed self-immolation in Tibet since February 2009. Lobsang Gyatso, […]

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