A Tibetan Man Burned Himself to Protest China
A Tibetan man in his thirties set himself on fire to protest government policies in Tibet in Ngaba, in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo.
Kunpey, a Tibetan man in his thirties set himself on fire in the evening of 23 December to protest the heavy handed rule by China in Tibet. The protest was staged near the main entrance of Kirti Monastery, where he was formerly a monk. It was initially not known whether he survived or not as policemen rushed to the scene and took away his body.
A short video clip of a man engulfed in flames walking on a street has been circulating on social media. A voice of a woman can also be heard murmuring prayers on the backdrop of the video.
According to reports in exile, Kunphey was taken to a hospital in Barkham immediately after he was taken into police custody, where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away the next morning. Kunphey’s body was cremated and his ashes were returned t his family, however, his father was detained as they owed a huge amount of money incurred on Kunpey’s medical expenses as the police claimed.
Shops and restaurant at Ngaba remained closed on 24 and 25 of December in solidarity with Kunpey and his Family.
Kunpey self immolation protest carried out against China and its policies on Tibet is the sixth by Tibetans this year, raising the total number of self-immolation to152 since 2009.
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