February 20: Two Tibetan teenagers set themselves on fire in Kyangtsa region of Zoege, eastern Tibet on February 19, protesting China’s continued occupation and repressive policies in Tibet.
Rinchen, 17 and Sonam Dhargey, 18 have succumbed to their burns.
According to the exile base of Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala, the two teenagers carried out their fiery protest at around 9:30 pm (local time) yesterday.
“It is not currently known what slogans they raised during the protest,” Kirti Monastery in a release said.
“The families of the two teenagers are in possession of their bodies and are hoping to carry out their final rites without any interference from the Chinese authorities.”
Rinchen’s parents are Dhondup Tsering and late Aadon. Sonam Dhargye’s parents are Tsering Dhondup and Takho.
Rinchen | 仁青 was the 109th(105thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.