Lobsang Thokmey | 洛桑妥美

Lobsang Thokmey | 洛桑妥美

March 16: A Tibetan monk in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet has become the 108th Tibetan living under China’s rule to self-immolate, marking five years since the 2008 peaceful protests in the region.

Lobsang Thokmey, 28, a monk at the Kirti Monastety set himself on fire today at around 2:40 pm (local time). He passed away in his protest.

According to the Dharamshala based Kirti Monastery, Lobsang Thokmey doused his body with kerosene in front of his monastic quarters in the west of the Kirti Monastery and started running towards the east.

“Lobsang Thokmey was in flames as he began running with the Buddhist flag in his hands,” the Kirti Monastery said in a release. “Before he could reach the main gate, he fell on the ground.”

Monks and people gathered at the scene of the protest carried Lobsang Thokmey to the local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

“A large number of Chinese security personnel arrived at the hospital soon after Lobsang Thokmey was admitted and later forcibly took away the deceased’s body to the regional headquarters of Barkham,” the same source said.

It is not yet known what slogans Lobsang Thokmey raised during his self-immolation protest.

He is survived by his parents Rogtrug and Depo and one sister and three brothers.

Lobsang Thokmey | 洛桑妥美 was the 115th(111thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

洛桑妥美,安多阿坝(今四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州阿坝县)格尔登寺僧人,28岁。
2013年3月16日下午约2时40分,洛桑妥美在僧舍前点火自焚,并举着一面佛旗冲向格尔登寺西门,倒下。僧人和民众将他送往阿坝县医院,但因伤重不治而牺牲。他在自焚时呼喊的口号,暂时还不清楚。他的遗体被军警抢走。
这一天是2008年安多阿坝抗议民众被军警枪杀五周年的纪念日(被枪杀者包括孕妇、5岁的孩子和16岁的女中学生楞珠措)。自此3月16日被藏人称之为“阿坝屠杀日”。这之前,2011年和2012年的这一天,有格尔登寺僧人彭措和洛桑次成燃火焚身以示抗议和纪念。而始于2009年2月27日的第一起自焚,格尔登寺僧人扎白正是因为纪念此日遇难者的祈祷法会被取消而自焚抗议。
洛桑妥美出生于阿坝县阿坝镇(原称城关乡)牧民家庭。他的父亲叫若楚,母亲叫迪布,他有三个兄弟和一个姐姐。洛桑妥美自幼出家为僧,在格尔登寺学习佛学,因品学兼优,是年轻学僧的榜样。

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