Another Tibetan layman burns self to death in Ngaba

Lobsang Jamyang, a 21-yr-old Tibetan layman died of self-immolation on 14 January 2012 in Ngaba county (Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province).

According to information received by TCHRD, Lobsang Jamyang stood adjacent to Kirti Monastery and shouted slogans such as ''May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live thousands of years'' while still engulfed in flames. Eyewitnesses say he paced up and down the street unsteadily as he continued to shout slogans.

The Public Security Bureau and People's Armed Police then surrounded Lobsang Jamyang and used iron rods and chains to intimidate and beat other Tibetans who had gathered around Lobsang Jamyang's burning body.

According to sources, a Tibetan woman in her 40s died after she was hit in the eye with iron chains after the scuffle between the police and the crowd started. Almost 700 Tibetans had gathered to protest the police actions. At least 10 Tibetans were arrested.

Lobsang Jamyang died on the spot, according to eyewitnesses. However, the police forcibly took his body to an unknown location and as of today, his whereabouts are not known.

Many more have been injured and the situation is described as very tense although details are still difficult to obtain.

Lobsang Jamyang was born in Aduk village in Ngaba. He attended the Ngaba Middle School and was briefly a monk at Aduk Monastery.

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