Tibetan Monk Sets Himself Ablaze in Qinghai in 150th Self-Immolation

2017-05-19
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Tibetan monk Jamyang Losal is shown in an undated photo.
Tibetan monk Jamyang Losal is shown in an undated photo.
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CORRECTED at 11:00 a.m. EST on 2017-06-16

A young Tibetan monk set himself on fire and died on Friday in northwestern China’s Qinghai province in an apparent challenge to Chinese rule in Tibetan areas, a Tibetan living in the area said.

The protest brought to 150 the number of self-immolations by Tibetans living in China since the wave of fiery protests began in 2009.

Jamyang Losal, aged about 22, set himself ablaze at around 5:00 a.m. on May 19 near the People’s Hospital in Chentsa (in Chinese, Jianzha) county in Qinghai’s Malho (Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

“He did not survive his protest,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity

“Losal’s body was taken away by the police, and when his family members went to the police station to claim his remains, the police refused to comply with their request,” he said.

“Losal was a monk belonging to Gyerteng monastery in Chentsa's Nangra town,” RFA’s source said, adding that about 20 monks now study at the monastery, which is located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Kangtsa county seat.

Losal was a native of Dong Gya village in Chentsa's county’s Nangra township, the source said.

Reported by Sangye Gyatso for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Karma Dorjee. Written in English by Richard Finney.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the county and prefecture locations of Losal's self-immolation.

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Anonymous Reader

Jamyang Losal is not from Kangtsa(Gangcha) or Tsojang(Haibei), he is from Chentsa (Jianzha) county of Malho(Huangnan)Tibetan autonomous prefecture.

Many English Media quoted the wrong info from your site, I request you to make the correction as soon as possible.

Jun 16, 2017 06:40 AM

Super Freak

from Beijing

Tibet is in autonomous region of the People's Republic of China. It's government is in exile. You can play word games all day long and it won't change reality. China is ruled by brutal barbaric gangsters. Tibet repression a symptom of Communist Authority.

May 24, 2017 09:04 PM

Anonymous Reader

FYI, Tibetans are not living in China.....!

stop writing that in the reports, it's utterly disgusting...

May 20, 2017 01:47 AM

Tashi

from Dhondup

They self immolated in Tibet, not China.

May 20, 2017 01:28 AM

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