Bhenchen Kyi, 17, set herself on fire in Dokarmo region of Tsekhog, Rebkong, eastern Tibet at around 8 pm (local time). She passed away at the site of her protest.
Sonam, a Tibetan living in Switzerland, told Phayul that Bhenchen Kyi raised slogans for the ‘long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’ and for the ‘Tibetan people to prevail for tens of thousands of years’ while engulfed in flames.
Following her self-immolation protest, local Tibetans were able to rescue her body from falling into the hands of Chinese authorities.
“I don’t want the Chinese authorities to take away my body,” Bhenchen Kyi had reportedly said.
Her self-immolation protest comes on the eve of a Global Solidarity Day called on December 10 Human Rights Day by the exile Tibetan administration.
Bhenchen Kyi | 万钦吉 was the 101th(98thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009. She was the 15thfemale self-immolator.