Kunchok Tseten | 贡确才旦

Kunchok Tseten | 贡确才旦

Japanese artist Tomoyo Ihaya painted the image for Kunchok Tseten.

December 3, a thirty year old Tibetan man has set himself ablaze in Tibet’s Meruma town in Ngaba County on Tuesday, a former political prisoner now living here said. Kunchok Tseten shouted slogans demanding the return of exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and union of Tibetans inside Tibet and exiles. “Long live Gyalwa Tenzin Gyatso, lets unite our brothers here and those in exile”, he shouted before collapsing a few metres away.

Chinese police on routine patrol immediately surrounded him not allowing local Tibetans who were preventing them from taking the charred body away. The police finally took away Kunchok after a few clashes with the police. Tseten’s wife Namnang, 28, and a few of his relatives were arrested. A few bystanders involved in manhandling with the police were also arrested.

All businesses in the town were forced to shut down for today as the town wore a deserted look following yesterday’s fiery protest by Tseten.

[Update on December 5] Latest self immolator succumbs to burns – Thirty year old Tibetan man who set himself ablaze in Tibet’s Meruma town in Ngaba County on Tuesday had reportedly succumbed to his burn injuries, a former political prisoner now living here said.

Kunchok Tseten | 贡确才旦 was the 128th(123thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

贡确才旦(དཀོན་མཆོག་ཚེ་བརྟན། Konchok Tseten)
安多玛曲(今甘肃省甘南藏族自治州玛曲县)人,后入赘到安多阿坝(今四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州阿坝县麦尔玛乡),牧民,30岁。
据流亡西藏媒体报道,2013年12月3日下午5点左右,牧民贡确才旦在阿坝县麦尔玛乡政府前点火自焚,呼喊“尊者达赖喇嘛永久住世”、“让尊者达赖喇嘛返回西藏”、“境内外藏人早日团聚”,双手合十,倒下后被当地干部扑灭火焰,随后被军警和警察抢走,多名藏人因阻拦被拘捕,包括贡确才旦的妻子及其几名亲属。
贡确才旦出生于甘南州玛曲县齐哈玛乡吉勒合村的牧民家庭,父亲名叫桑阔,母亲名叫奥嘎。他入赘到阿坝县麦尔玛乡成家,妻子名叫南囊,现28岁,两人有两个儿子:4岁的恰多杰,3岁的华泽杰。
贡确才旦因带头参与2012年1月23日在阿坝县麦尔玛乡发生的上百名藏人示威游行活动,被中共当局通缉,但一直没能被抓捕。
【更新】故鄉网报道贡确才旦于12月5日伤重身亡。

遗言:

尊者达赖喇嘛永久住世”、“让尊者达赖喇嘛返回西藏”、“境内外藏人早日团聚”

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