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）