Sonam Dargye | 索南达杰

Sonam Dargye | 索南达杰

Thousands of people gathered in an ethnic Tibetan area of China’s western Qinghai province Sunday to mourn the death of a farmer (Sonam Dargye) who set himself on fire Saturday to protest Chinese policies in the region.

Witnesses told VOA that protesters demanded freedom, human rights for Tibet, and the return from exile of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

The 44-year-old farmer and father of three set himself on fire near the town center of Rongwo in Qinghai. His act followed another self-immolation protest earlier in the week by a monk in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, where many Tibetans live.

Sonam Dargye | 索南达杰 was the 32th(30thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

索南达杰,安多热贡(今青海省黄南藏族自治州州府同仁县)农民,44岁。
2012年3月17日上午约9点半,索南达杰在隆务镇菜市场三岔路口的李加商店附近自焚,呼喊“让达赖喇嘛返回西藏!”当场牺牲。数千藏人僧俗将他的遗体先是抬到度母广场度母塑像下,举行了隆重的超度祈福法会,然后抬至隆务寺后山东加拉(高僧火葬之地),举行了隆重的火葬仪式。
他的骨灰被五十多辆车护送回家,供放在尊者达赖喇嘛法像下与哈达丛中。来自各地村庄和寺院的代表及民众络绎不绝,例如尖扎县各地藏人在卡车上装满粮食,并写上村落和个人的名字交给索南达杰的家人;同仁县年都乎乡郭麻日村每户统一捐款100元人民币。
他是年都乎乡夏卜浪村农民,在隆务寺做木工,是本月14日在同仁县自焚的僧人加央华旦的友人。他有79岁的老母亲吉毛加、多病的妻子卓尕措和四个6至23岁的子女。
他自焚牺牲后,军警试图抢夺他的遗体,在场藏人多杰太阻拦,遭军警开枪,后在西宁市一家医院做了手术,取出弹头,之后情况不明。

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