Elderly Tibetan Monk Commit Self-immolation To Protest China
A Tibetan monk has recently burnt himself to protest the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Karze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham.
Tenga, 63, set alight himself on November 26 to protest against the repressive policies implemented in Tibet by the communist government in China. According to reports in exile, Tenga shouted “freedom for Tibet” while his body was consumed by fire. It was reported that a large number of armed forces rushed to the scene and carried away the charred body of Tenga. However, it was unknown whether he survived the self immolation or whether his dead body was returned to his family, owing to the heightened restrictions and severe surveillance in the area after the incident to check outflow of information.
Details about Tenga are not available at the time. According to some unverified sources, he is said to have lost both his parents at an early age and is survived by three brothers, one residing in North America and two in Lhasa, the capital city of independent Tibet. The elderly monk is known to have studied at the Karze Monastery and actively doing minor Buddhist rituals at Tibetan homes prior to his self-immolation protest.