Rinzin Dorje | 仁增多杰

Rinzin Dorje | 仁增多杰

According to two Tibetan monks from Kirti monastery in Dharamsala, India (associated with Kirti monastery in Ngaba), the Tibetan set himself on fire at a primary school early in the evening in Ngaba county town in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province (the Tibetan area of Amdo). Sources said that the Tibetan seemed to be a monk, but his name and place of origin are not known. He was taken away by police, and it is not known whether he is still alive. Two monks were also detained from the vicinity.

The two Kirti monks in exile, Kanyag Tsering and Lobsang Yeshe, said that they believed security was tightened still further in Ngaba because of the global spotlight on Tibet following the deaths of Tibetan protestors in recent weeks and out of concern that the worldwide vigil for Tibet today, called for by the Tibetan government in exile (CTA: Parliament to hold campaigns to defuse crises in Tibet), could be acted on inside Tibet.

Rinzin Dorje | 仁增多杰 was the 21th(19thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.