Lobsang Gyatso | 洛桑嘉措

Lobsang Gyatso | 洛桑嘉措

A 19-year old Tibetan monk who excelled in his studies set fire to himself today (February 13) in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba). The self-immolation occurred on the eve of China’s presumed next leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, DC, to meet President Obama. It is the 21st confirmed self-immolation in Tibet since February 2009.

Lobsang Gyatso, from Cha township in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Amdo), set fire to himself early this afternoon at the top of the main street of Ngaba county town, while shouting slogans of protest against the Chinese government. Lobsang Gyatso is a monk at Kirti monastery in Ngaba.

Kirti monks in exile and other Tibetan sources said that armed police and special forces were seen violently beating Lobsang Gyatso as they extinguished the flames. His current whereabouts and welfare is not known.

Lobsang Gyatso | 洛桑嘉措 was the 23th(21thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.