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Tensions are high across the Tibetan plateau, an area that spans a quarter of China. At least 21 monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in protest of China's rule over the last year. GlobalPost takes you to ethnically Tibetan parts of China, where the mood may be quiet but each self-immolation reverberates.

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Database of Tibetan self-immolations

Who are the 22 Tibetans who have set themselves on fire since February 2009?

 


Name
Sex Age Date Protest Location Status Info
Tapey M 20's (approx.) 2/27/09 Ngaba Unknown Tapey, a Kirti monk in his mid-twenties, was shot by security personnel when he set himself on fire as a form of protest after prayer ceremonies at his monastery were cancelled. Early in the afternoon, according to at least two sources including one who spoke to an eyewitness, Tapey walked alone to a nearby crossroads in the market area of the town. He had already doused himself with oil by the time he reached the crossroads. He then set himself on fire and raised a home-made Tibetan flag that had at its center a photograph of the Dalai Lama. When Tapey began to shout slogans (no details are known of what he said), People's Armed Police personnel stationed nearby opened fire, and Tapey fell to the ground. Reports indicate that the PAP extinguished the fire after Tapey was shot and he was immediately taken away by police.
Phuntsog M 20 3/16/11 Ngaba Dead Phuntsog, a 20-year old monk, immolated himself on March 16, the third anniversary of a protest at Kirti in 2008 during which at least 10 Tibetans were shot dead. Police extinguished the flames and were seen beating Phuntsog before he died, according to Tibetan exiles in contact with Tibetans in the area. Before he was stopped by police, Phuntsog shouted slogans including "May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live for 10,000 years!" according to Tibetan exiles who spoke to a witness of the protest.
Tsewang Norbu M 29 8/15/11 Tawu County Dead Tsewang Norbu died after setting fire to himself and calling for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Tsewang Norbu drank petrol before immolating himself and died soon afterwards, according to Tibetan exiles in contact with the area.
Lobsang Kunchok M 18 (approx.) 9/26/11 Ngaba Hospitalized, according to exile Tibetan sources. Lobsang Kelsang and Lobsang Kunchok, both believed to be approximately 18-years old, set fire to themselves on Sept. 26 while shouting “Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” in a protest held in Ngaba county town. After extinguishing the flames, police took the two young monks into custody.
Longsang Kelsang M 18 (approx.) 9/26/11 Ngaba Hospitalized, according to exile Tibetan sources. Lobsang Kelsang and Lobsang Kunchok, both believed to be approximately 18-years old, set fire to themselves on Sept. 26 while shouting “Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” in a protest held in Ngaba county town. After extinguishing the flames, police took the two young monks into custody.
Kelsang Wangchuk M 17 10/3/11 Ngaba Hospitalized A 17-year-old monk from Kirti monastery immolated himself in Ngaba county town at approximately 2:00 p.m. local time on Oct. 3, 2011, according to Tibetans in exile in contact with Tibetans in the area. The monk, Kelsang Wangchuk, carried a photo of the Dalai Lama and was shouting slogans against the Chinese government when he set fire to himself along the main street in Ngaba county, Sichuan province. Full details of the incident have yet to emerge, but some exiled sources say that he was immediately surrounded by security personnel, who extinguished the fire and beat Kelsang Wangchuk before taking him away. Kelsang's current wellbeing and whereabouts are unknown.
Kayung M 18 10/7/11 Ngaba Dead Kayang, a former monk at Kirti monastery, who may have been expelled, set fire to himself along the main road of Ngaba county town along with another monk named Choepel. They clasped their hands together and set fire to themselves before security personnel extinguished the flames and took the two to the county’s government-run hospital. Both young men died following the protest.
Choepel M 19 10/7/11 Ngaba Dead Choepel a former monk at Kirti monastery, who may have been expelled, set fire to himself along the main road of Ngaba county town along with another monk named Kayung. They clasped their hands together and set fire to themselves before security personnel extinguished the flames and took the two to the county’s government-run hospital. Both young men died following the protest.
Norbu Damdrul M 19 10/15/11 Ngaba Dead Former Kirti monk Norbu Damdrul, 19, set fire to himself in a protest on the main street in Ngaba county town just before noon on October 15. According to exiled Tibetan sources, he shouted “We need freedom and independence for Tibet,” and called for the return of the Dalai Lama before he burned his body, according to

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